He is probably not remembered as a legend, however Tottenham followers will all the time have a comfortable spot for Erik Lamela.
The Argentine joined Spurs from Roma aged 21 in August 2013 for £30million, a payment which raised a number of eyebrows on the time.
Eight years later, the 29-year-old has stated goodbye to north London, including the membership will all the time have a particular place in his coronary heart.
He stated on Instagram: “Spurs followers … What can I say? It was a really lengthy journey collectively, possibly greater than I assumed, however this membership has my coronary heart.
“I really feel the shirt the way in which you followers really feel it. Many good recollections through the years and I thank my teammates for these years collectively.
“I thank the individuals who work on the membership who’ve all the time handled me excellently. I thank the followers for cheering me on in each recreation, I’ll miss you all. I’ll carry this membership with me without end.”
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A brand new problem with Sevilla awaits Lamela, who might not have justified the what was a hefty price ticket, with niggly accidents usually holding him again.
He left his mark on the membership although. Or possibly it might be extra correct to say he left his mark on his opponents, as Cesc Fabregas discovered.
Nobody got here out effectively from the notorious ‘Battle of the Bridge’ Premier League conflict between Chelsea and Tottenham in Could 2016, other than Leicester after all. The soccer was overshadowed by chaotic scenes on the Stamford Bridge pitch as each units of gamers clashed many occasions.
Lamela received in on the motion so to talk as he stood on former Arsenal star Fabregas’ hand whereas he was down on the bottom. And it wasn’t observed…
By no means one to shrink back from confrontation, Lamela secured cult hero standing within the eyes of Spurs followers as he left Jack Wilshere a bit scorching and bothered.
As the ultimate whistle went throughout Spurs win over Arsenal in February 2018, there was a bit of purses between the pair.
It’s not clear what Lamela stated however no matter got here out of his mouth had the specified impact with Wilshere needing to be held again.
There have been flashes of the good footballer Tottenham had hoped they’d signed, nonetheless.
In his second season, Lamela scored an impressive Rabona purpose in a Europa League conflict Asteras Tripolis, the strike successful the competitors’s finest purpose award.
He scored an arguably even higher Rabona purpose in a a lot greater stakes match final season as his strike completely bamboozled the Arsenal defenders and goalkeeper on the Emirates Stadium.
Spurs have acted to get a alternative for Lamela with Bryan Gil heading the opposite approach as he arrives from Sevilla on a five-year deal.
However for a wide range of causes, Lamela shall be remembered by followers for some years to come back.