Whilst everyone else is either raving about the incredible start AS Roma have made to the season or talking about how nicely Andros Townsend is coming along, take a minute to spare a thought for Erik Lamela. The Argentine might just be the unluckiest player in football at the moment.

One of football's most exciting young prospects, Lamela was never shy in describing his desire to win the Scudetto with Roma last season. Even though they were struggling desperately under Luis Enrique, he still maintained his belief that Roma could win the league.

They ended up finishing seventh last season, but this time around Roma are on course to finally win the Scudetto. 

Unfortunately for Lamela, he was sold to Tottenham Hotspurs in the summer and is missing out on the moment he had dreamt of in Serie A.

As if leaving Roma just as they hit top form wasn't bad enough, his career at White Hart Lane is doing extremely little to compensate for his disappointment.

When Lamela signed for Spurs for a fee of approximately £30 million that smashed the club's transfer record, he would have no way of knowing how his career with the North London club would start out.

The Argentine playmaker has struggled to break into the starting 11, with Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson being the players to force Lamela to the bench.

Before the start of this season, Townsend was unheard of outside of England and Sigurdsson was in a spot of very bad form.

This is why it is incomprehensible as to why Lamela - who was one of the Serie A's top scorers last season with 15 goals in 33 games - is being sidelined in favour of two players who clearly don't possess the same ability.

When Lamela has played, he has shown glimpses of what he can do with two assists in two starts.

Whether Spurs boss Andre Vilas-Boas is aiming to slowly integrate him into the team, whether he sees him as one for the future or whether he thinks that Townsend doesn't deserve to be dropped is unknown.

What is clear, is that a player with the ability of Lamela is being wasted on the bench. Hopefully for Lamela, his choice to leave Roma won't haunt him in the years to come.

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