Tottenham reportedly ready to cash in on Erik Lamela, but such a move would be short-sighted

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Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to keep hold of their Argentine international for a while longer.

According to a report from the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur want to offload Argentine international Erik Lamela this summer and are in talks with at least one Italian club regarding a possible deal.

The Mirror claims that club is likely to be Juventus, and given how well the Champions League runners-up did last season, it is telling that a club of that stature is reportedly interested in a player deemed a White Hart Lane ‘flop’ by some.

Lamela signed for Tottenham for £30million back in 2013 and after 63 appearances he has six goals and 14 assists.

It does not take a genius to know that is not a great return for such a significant financial outlay but it must be remembered that Lamela’s debut season in North London was blighted by injury and he has come on leaps and bounds in his more recent campaign.

Lamela is still only 23 and it was always going to take him time to settle in a different country. Was he worth £30million in the first place? Perhaps not, but that is what Tottenham paid and it would be short-sighted to cash in on him so soon.

Now he has acclimatised to English football and is starting to score and assist on a more regular basis, we could be about to see the player he has the potential to become.

Juventus will no doubt remember the player he was at Roma, where he scored 21 goals in 67 games before his 22nd birthday. But Tottenham should remember that player, too, because in time he should rediscover that form and ultimately better it.

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