He might not have lived as much as the hype, however Tottenham followers will at all times have a comfortable spot for Erik Lamela.
The Argentine joined Spurs from Roma aged 21 in August 2013 for £30million, a price which raised plenty of eyebrows in these days.
Eight years later, the 29-year-old has mentioned goodbye to the north London facet, including that the north London facet will at all times have a particular place in his coronary heart.
He mentioned on Instagram: “Spurs followers … What can I say? It was a really lengthy journey collectively, perhaps 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 at all times 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.”
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 perhaps it will be extra correct to say he left his mark on his opponents, as Cesc Fabregas discovered.
Nobody got here out nicely from the notorious ‘Battle of the Bridge’ Premier League conflict between Chelsea and Tottenham in Might 2016, aside from Leicester in fact. The soccer was overshadowed by chaotic scenes on the Stamford Bridge pitch as each units of gamers clashed many instances.
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 draw back from confrontation, Lamela secured cult hero standing within the eyes of Spurs followers as he left Jack Wilshere a bit sizzling 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 mentioned 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 sensible footballer Tottenham had hoped they’d signed, nevertheless.
In his second season, Lamela scored an excellent Rabona aim in a Europa League conflict Asteras Tripolis, the strike successful the competitors’s greatest aim award.
He scored an arguably even higher Rabona aim 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 substitute for Lamela with Bryan Gil heading the opposite means as he arrives from Sevilla on a five-year deal.
However for quite a lot of causes, Lamela will probably be remembered by followers for some years to return.