The Tottenham Hotspur attacker really needs to hit the ground running this season.
Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela will have no doubt grown used to the speculation surrounding his future.
After all, here is a player with a big price-tag who, up until now, has not shown what he can do on a consistent basis at White Hart Lane.
That is as much down to circumstance as anything else, with Lamela’s first season at Spurs blighted by injury meaning that, in many ways, last year was his first real campaign at the club. And he did not do badly, ending the season with five goals and 10 assists in all competitions.
It is also worth remembering that the Argentine international is still only 23, and yet his age is beginning to become less of a reason and more of an excuse, meaning the upcoming campaign is huge for Lamela if he wants to have a long-term career at Tottenham.
There is no doubt he has the talent, but his time spent at the recent Copa America means he is behind the vast majority of his teammates in terms of pre-season preparation.
It also means he is yet to feature for the club since they returned from their holidays, and when you consider he spent the vast majority of his country’s Copa America campaign on the bench – playing just six minutes of competitive action – he has some catching up to do.
When a player faces a make-or-break season he really needs to hit the ground running, and as things stand the Tottenham winger is unlikely to do that, potentially needing time to play his way into form.
He may surprise a few and burst back to finally put the remaining doubters in their place, but this summer has not exactly gone as he would have hoped, meaning there are still more questions than answers regarding a player who could go on to become a Tottenham superstar but just as easily could not.