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Tottenham should sell Erik Lamela to Juventus

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Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur should accept Juventus’ proposal to bring winger Erik Lamela back to Italy.

The 22-year-old only touched down on English shores last summer after being brought to the club by then manager Andre Villas Boas, but has struggled for form and fitness and looks a far cry from the player that terrified sides when previously in Serie A with titans Roma.

And now, with Massimiliano Allegri prepared to offer forward Giovinco as any part of deal, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should cut his losses on one of the biggest flops in English football.

Roma star

Whilst plying his trade at the Stadio Olimpico Lamela shot to fame as one of the hottest properties in world football.

He arrived in the capital on the back of three seasons in his homeland of Argentina with River Plate, before convincing now Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to part with around £10 million for his services.

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As the club toiled to seventh under the Spaniard his continuing development was a rare positive in an otherwise forgettable season, and he ended his first campaign with six goals in 31 games in all competitions.

However it was under the stewardship of Zdenek Zeman and Aurelio Andreazzoli that he really excelled, finding the net 15 times in 36 appearances to endear himself to the biggest clubs in the world.

Tottenham struggles

With Gareth Bale having departed to Real Madrid, Villas Boas spent big in the hope that Lamela could fill the sizable void left by the Welshman.

He was even handed Bale’s old number 11 shirt, but injuries and loss of form seem to have stunted his development and left him a shadow of the player that excelled overseas in Europe.

The Argentinean made just 17 starts and scored once last term, with Tim Sherwood also failing to keep his star asset fit and firing during his own brief time at White Hart Lane.

Even this season – a beautifully executed rabona strike in the Europa League aside – his form has shown no sign of picking up and with many years ahead of him Pochettino should look to recoup as much of the transfer fee paid for him last year.

Transfer possibility?

Giovinco’s arrival would provide the English giants with added pace and potency and would also bolster their hopes of securing Champions League football this season after not featuring since 2012.

The Italian has struggled to make an impression this term, with Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Any possible transfer would suit both parties. The new year could beckon in a time of change at both clubs.

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