Spurs fans debate Erik Lamela: Lost cause or the next Gareth Bale?

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Tottenham Hotspur fans have had plenty to say in response to Alan Sugar's scathing criticism of the 22-year-old.

After Erik Lamela's wasteful performance against West Ham on Sunday afternoon, former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar didn't hesitate to rip the winger apart on Twitter.

And, whether they are fans of the businessman or not, many felt he had a point.

Lamela, brought to Spurs in 2013 for a big-money £30 million fee, has largely flattered to deceive during his White Hart Lane career.

There have been flashes of the brilliance he promised upon arriving in north London: his wondergoal against Burnley - and who could forget that rabona...

For the most part, however, the Argentine winger has been a frustrating presence in Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side, often being dispossessed far too easily and producing the performance of a passenger simply waiting for something to happen.

As such, the comments have poured in to HITC Sport in response to Sugar's scathing criticism of the 22-year-old.

Many have simply given up on Lamela, labeling him a lost cause and hoping he is discarded in due course. Others, though, feel he needs more time - while several even compared his slow start at Tottenham to that of a certain Gareth Bale.

Here's a selection of some of our reader responses: there's a real debate going on with this one...

Paul Wilson says: Give the kid a chance. He missed nearly all last season. He is young and will improve. Don't let sugar and his unrelenting negative judgements cloud the proactive support of one of our young players giving his all. We never see him sulking round the pitch. He wants to play well for us,so let's get behind the kid. Coys!

Johny says: Lamela is playing poorly.......... then again so did bale when he first played for Spurs - look at him now

Aki says: how much excuse u wannna give him? not much time is only for the weak to use. if he is that good, he should made an impact right away or atleast by now, but, how many times he lost possession during games? atleast 5 or more each game, count it.

Dave says: I 'v given Lamela time to get going at Tottenham but he has shown hardly any improvement he doesn't seem to be able to influence a game and therefore I think he should work harder and start doing what we paid 30.000000 for if he can't then I think we should cut our losses and let him move on

Nik Mawdsley says: Yeh diddnt we say the same about bale??,he did ok in the end! 

Peter London says: Lamela being signed in 2013 as a non-English speaking teenager pretty much, and then after initial uncertainty about the demands and particular characteristics of the Premier League, suffering long-term injury for much of season 2013-14, has not been actually playing for Spurs for as long as some imagine. The arrival of a new head coach in July 2014 did him and other new players some good, allowing for Pochettino's first few months as a new boy at Spurs himself. Lamela has played recently in notable victories against WBA and Arsenal. He is worth selecting.

Pj says: Modric took 3 seasons to come good, same with Bale. 

sheikh352 says: Next week, Chadli and Eriksen have to start. They are our second and third best goalscorers. Lamela and Townsend are "luxury" players - the type you bring on when the result is already safe and you want to wind down the clock, or just have some fresh legs. They are certainly not (at this stage of their careers) starters. We have better players out on loan (Alex Pritchard, Dele Alli.) If Lamela can't get his act together, by the end of the season, then there is little point in carrying him for yet another season. He's been fit all year - but his improvement has not matched his opportunities. I hope he comes good. No better time to play a blinder than next weekend. If he's to have any future at the Club, he needs to show something, soon!


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