Erik Lamela likely to face Spurs exit in summer 2021
When signed by Tottenham from AS Roma as an exciting youngster, Erik Lamela was seen as part of a post-Gareth Bale youth movement. However, since his arrival in London, Lamela has contended with home sickness, injury, and numerous changes to his position. With his contract set to run out in 2022, there is talk that he could leave the club as early as this summer.
Known for his outstanding technical play and vision, Lamela is known to have many suitors across Europe as well as in Asia and South America. He would most likely draw interest from Italy, though, where he spent a brief but fruitful period as an AS Roma player. One team who is believed to be heavily interested in a Lamela deal, though, is Bologna. The Italian outfit are on the up and are looking to make a series of ambitious signings to help compete for European spots in the near future.
The 29-year-old Argentina international would be seen as the ideal addition to the first-team at Bologna; a marquee name to showcase intention. Given his precious success in Italy, too, it is believed that Lamela would appreciate the chance to return to the country and to play a more decisive role in a team.
Also, Bologna is rated as one of the finest cities in Italy to live in; having already lived in cities like Buenos Aires, Rome, and London, might the Argentine fancy adding another city of romance and wonder to his list of home destinations?
From a sporting perspective, a move to Bologna might be seen as a step down for a player who was recently linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain. However, the promise of being a protagonist in the first-team might be too much for the player to turn down.
Will Erik Lamela leave Spurs?
It seems almost certain that he will move on from the club. Injury issues paired with a contract that is running down quite significantly means that Spurs are unlikely to make a new contract offer to the player. This means that an exit now becomes almost imperative, as Spurs are known to hate losing a player on a free transfer. Lamela, though by no means cheap, would offer an affordable playmaker for a host of sides across Europe.
Given the player has been a fine addition to the Spurs squad under the right management, fans might be sad to see him go. For one, he is a key memory from the Mauricio Pochettino era, when Spurs had one of the most exciting young squads in Europe. With the player now reaching his peak but not seeing much gametime, might he choose to move on and restart his career abroad?
For all his impressive quality as a player, it is likely that, for Lamela, the time to move on has arrived. For Spurs, its another example of the major rebuild the club is expected to go through with in the near future.