Why it is now time for Tottenham to part ways with Erik Lamela

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The big money signing has failed to produce at White Hart Lane and his sale would be in the best interests of all involved.

Recent reports, by the likes of the Mirror, have suggested that Juventus could turn their attention to Erik Lamela after being rebuffed in their efforts to sign Christian Eriksen.

The Argentinian has failed to live up to both the hype that proceeded his move and the price eventually paid, and should an offer upwards of £15 million come in from the Italian club, Spurs should bite their hand off.

Lamela’s poor showing in his first season can be forgiven due to its stop-start nature and the usual ‘adjustment’ period, but last season was where it was supposed to happen - and it didn’t.

While there was indeed an improvement in his second campaign, that isn't saying a great deal, and the winger has so far failed to hint at ever being worth the £30 million Spurs shelled out for him.

The list of his less-than-stellar traits is substantial: poor touch, lack of pace, inability to beat his man, woeful shooting, constant fouling in dangerous positions.

While on the plus side: he has the odd decent pass in him, can take good corners and presses well.

He is by no means a terrible player but by the same token is not, and never will be, an exceptional player – at least in England.

If Juventus see something in him and believe he can replicate his Roma form back in Serie A, then it’s fantastic news for Spurs, who desperately need a shake-up of their attacking options.

Moussa Dembele and Andros Townsend - for all their shortcomings in terms of end-product – provide that most basic of requirements for a winger: the ability to commit and beat your opponent.

New signing Clinton N’Jie will add another option on the right flank and should ensure Lamela’s chances on the right-side are limited.

With Alex Pritchard also set to emerge and Saido Berahino potentially making a switch to White Hart Lane, Lamela will soon be surplus to requirements and it’s time for Spurs to cash in.

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