No transfer window is perfect and Tottenham Hotspur could have done things a little differently.
There was a lot of deadwood at White Hart Lane Tottenham desperately needed to offload this summer. But a central midfielder only brought to north London last season wasn't really a part of that.
Indeed, Benjamin Stambouli wasn't given too much of a chance by Mauricio Pochettino, even if he did underwhelm on a few occasions. And, now that the Frenchman has been sold - along with Etienne Capoue and Paulinho - without being replaced, few could be blamed for asking what the harm would have been in Tottenham simply keeping him.
Nabil Bentaleb has started the season poorly and Stambouli would have been an able backup for Pochettino. Most importantly, he would have provided some depth in midfield, which is now sorely lacking.
The biggest evidence for in this case is the simple fact Marseille's president claims the Ligue 1 club had an agreement in place to bring the winger on board.
Frustration with Lamela after his big-money move to Tottenham has now reached fever pitch, with patience running out with the Argentine. Even those still admiring the forward have advocated a move away on loan.
Spurs have now signed Heung-Min Son and Clinton Njie, while Alex Prichard is yet to be utilised - so will Lamela even get a look in anymore?