Today was the moment all the Erik Lamela rumours died, and not before time - here are Tim Sherwood’s thoughts on the Argentine’s future from his Friday press-conference:
“He won’t be leaving on loan in this transfer window. He has a big future here, absolutely. We know what a talented player Erik is. We also understand that players need time to settle. He needs time to acclimatise to this country. He doesn’t speak English and he isn’t used to the pace of the games, especially over the Christmas period when they come thick and fast.
He is not 100 per cent fit either. He’s still feeling fatigued in one of his thighs so we were very cautious with him.
We are going to take it nice and steady with him. I really want to put him on the stage when he’s ready to perform, rather than let people judge him when he’s half-cocked.”
I’m not a Sherwood apologist, most of you know that, but this was absolutely the right thing for him to say - there’s been too much public silence from Tottenham regarding Lamela and that’s encouraged all these unhelpful rumours. A lot of fans - the less-hysterical element of them, anyway - having been saying exactly the same thing about the £30m Argentine: he’s young, he doesn’t speak English, and he needs to be eased into English football rather than just shoved onto a Premier League pitch and expected to perform immediately.
This is really encouraging, and it shows that the club have absolutely the right attitude towards Lamela behind the scenes.
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