21 year old Argentine International Erik Lamela arrived at the end of August as our record signing but the former Roma man has been kept under wraps by Andre Villas-Boas so far. Having made just seven appearances in all competitions to date – the majority as a substitute – we’ve yet to see the best of Erik and judging by comments on social media, many Tottenham fans are unconvinced.
In the middle of the international break, there are many calls in the press today for Lamela to be given his chance. There’s an obvious place for him at the expense of Andros Townsend but AVB persists with the England squad member, possibly because he feels that his replacement isn’t quite ready for a starting slot.
Patience may be the key with the Argentine, as indicated by his compatriot and former Spurs boss Ossie Ardiles.
“Lamela will take more time, but over the long term he’ll be our best buy. I’m looking forward to seeing him develop,” Ossie said.
“In Argentina, Lamela played for River Plate and he was named the new Messi. He moved to Roma and was labelled the new Totti. That gives you an idea how talented he is.”
But £30m is a lot for a player to sit on the bench so is it time to unleash the record signing and give Erik Lamela a run in the starting XI?