Argentine midfielder sees debut campaign cut short.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed that the club’s record signing Erik Lamela will not feature again this season and has claimed that he has a lot to do if he wants to have a future at White Heart Lane, Sky Sports reports.
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Spurs splashed out £30m on the Argentine playmaker last summer, but have seen him offer little return on that sizeable investment.
However, despot plenty of promise the youngster has made only three Premier League starts for the club, and has found the net just once in the Europa League.
And Sherwood has confirmed that Lamela will not be given the opportunity to build on that record this term as he seeks to keep him on the sidelines until the summer.
“There’ll be no chance Erik’s fit,” Sherwood said.
“I read in the paper, or someone told me, that the hierarchy here are asking for him to get more opportunities. Chance would be a fine thing, he’s injured.”
Lamela hasen’t featured for the first team since coming off the bench against Stoke City on 29th December.
“I think he was fit for about three weeks while I was in charge, and then he’s been out injured.
“That’s still an unknown quantity as far as I’m concerned. I’ve assessed the rest of the squad and I’ve got my ideas on who’s capable and probably who’s not. On Erik, the jury’s still out on him because I haven’t seen enough of him, so he’s been very unfortunate.
“I think the benefit he will have is he’ll be settled so he’ll improve from that, but as regards settling into the Premier League, I think the jury’s still out because he’s not played enough football.”