Argentine international Lamela may prove somewhat of a controversial choice, given that he is yet to provide any sort of promising return on the club-record £30 million Tottenham parted with to bring him to White Hart Lane from Roma during the summer.
However, despite his extensive list of naysayers, Lamela is showing gradual shoots of recovery from his painfully mediocre start.
Although the disruption caused by the departure of Andre Villas-Boas - the man who brought him to North London - is unlikely to have helped Lamela too much, expectations for the season are sure to be lowered dramatically under Tim Sherwood and this could easily work to the player's advantage in the new year.
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