Real Madrid are the sort of side that can afford to buy a £30 million player and then leave him on the bench.
Tottenham, however, don’t really have that luxury. If they invest £30m on one guy he needs to be integral to the team straight away.
Which makes the signing of Eric Lamela one of the more bizarre in recent Tottenham history.
He looked like a sensation when playing in Italy but obviously hasn’t dealt well, so far, with the demands of a gruelling Premier League.
He’s just one of a number of players you could well leave Tottenham this summer.
Let’s have a look at some potential ins and outs:
Gomes – Are you still here mate?
Lamela – Surely he’s gone?
Capoue – Bright start but faded with injury.
Soldado – Has he done enough?
Sandro – Interest from elsewhere but Tottenham may look to keep him.
Vertonghen – May be tempted if big foreign clubs come in.
Paulinho – Hasn’t showered himself in glory.
Adebayor – Settled but noone quite knows what will happen with him from year to year.
Chadli – We’d give him another year.
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado – The Fiorentina winger is wanted by many but Tottenham are reportedly keen.
Yann M’Vila – Silky and composed box to box man who would do what Paulinho was supposed to.
Ezequiel Garay – Tottenham are reportedly keen to sign Garay – Man U also reportedly interested.
Romelu Lukaku – Tottenham still need a real character up front. Lukaku could be the answer.
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