Earlier this month, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested to The Sun that Erik Lamela may not play again this season.
The Argentina international, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger, is injured at the moment and has not featured for Tottenham since October 25.
"I don't want to lie to you and give some information that after you use, and you are right to use, but I can't say one, two weeks, three weeks, one month or maybe next season, I don't know," Pochettino told The Sun.
Lamela could not have avoided his injury, and it is really unfortunate that he is on the sidelines at the moment.
Given the season the 25-year-old had for Spurs in 2015-16 - he scored five goals and created 75 chances in 34 Premier League matches - Tottenham fans would have expected him to build on it and take his game to the next level this campaign.
Spurs have done well without Lamela. The North London outfit may not win the Premier League title this season, but they can certainly finish second and clinch the FA Cup.
It seems that the Argentine is not being missed at White Hart Lane, and perhaps this should be a concern for him.
When Lamela eventually recovers, would he be able to break into Pochettino’s starting lineup? Would the Argentine be shown patience and given time return to his best, especially as that could cost points?
Would Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy be tempted to cash in on him in the summer transfer window? Perhaps.
After all, Spurs paid AS Roma £30 million as transfer fee (according to The Daily Mail) back in the summer of 2013 to sign Lamela, whose performances in the Premier League have been mixed, and it would make sense to recoup some of that money.
What if Inter Milan, Juventus or AC Milan make an offer of £20m? Wouldn’t it wise of Spurs to accept the offer as they do not really need Lamela, and perhaps they could then invest that money in signing a proven goalscorer?