Why Tottenham Hotspur simply have to persevere with Erik Lamela

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Tottenham Hotspur can only hope that Erik Lamela comes good in the future, as they overpaid for him back in 2013.

Tottenham Hotspur have created a rod for their own back in the summer transfer window after overpaying for Erik Lamela two seasons ago.

Spurs paid out a fee that the Telegraph reported as £30 million to secure the signature of Lamela from Roma back in 2013, and that deal has created an issue for the side this year.

In an ideal world, Spurs would likely be looking to offload Lamela when the window re-opens. The Argentine winger has had ample opportunity to impress over two years in English football, but he has never looked up to standard.

Lamela has rarely shown the dribbling ability that made him stand out in Serie A and he looks ill-suited to playing Premier League football.

The 23-year-old still does have time on his side, but glimpses of his potential have been all too fleeting and his confidence looks to be at an all time low.

As a result, Mauricio Pochettino may have considered moving Lamela on in the upcoming transfer window, but his poor form, combined with his exorbitant price-tag, means that Tottenham look to have been left with little option but to persevere with him.

Lamela would be unlikely to fetch even half of what Tottenham paid for him if they were to sell him at this stage and, as a result, Daniel Levy is not likely to sanction a deal.

It means that Pochettino simply has to continue to integrate Lamela into his team, but this creates a problem in itself.

Spurs want a winger this summer, according to the London Evening Standard, but by bringing one in, they will block Lamela's route to success.

As a result, his value is highly unlikely to increase and his deterioration at White Hart Lane only looks set to continue.

It leaves the move looking like an incredibly bad one for the club and the player and only a remarkable turnaround next term will stop Lamela from becoming one of the most misplaced investments of the Premier League era.

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