Redknapp criticises £30m Tottenham deal, but says winger can be a star

Jamie Redknapp believes Tottenham vastly overpaid for Erik Lamela last season, but says the winger can come good.

Adaptation, tactics, and mainly injury prevented Erik Lamela from flourishing in his debut season at Tottenham, but there are high hopes for him this season.

The Argentine winger was a record signing from AS Roma a year ago, and now fully fit, he has been a shining light in the pre-season.

Pundit Jamie Redknapp, a former Tottenham midfielder himself, has described the fee shelled out for him as over the top, but believes he can come good.

He told SkySports: "Erik Lamela was one of those who failed to live up to his price tag – although, I don’t know how they got up to a valuation of £30m for him – but he has everything there for him now.

"He’s got an Argentine manager, so there’s no language barrier, and a year’s experience in the Premier League. I’m looking forward to seeing him this year."

Judging Lamela on his price tag, after one injury aborted season, is clearly unfair, and doesn't take into account anything he achieved prior for signing for Spurs.

The winger netted 15 Serie A goals in the 2012/13 season alone for Roma, and it was quite clear Spurs were paying for a player of outstanding potential.

This year he does have to prove a few people wrong, Redknapp included, but that should only serve as extra motivation for the 22-year-old.

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