Danny Mills believes Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho needs a player who is more reliable than Erik Lamela as the club consider a summer sale.
The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the winger’s regular injury problems have limited his impact in north London.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the club are prepared to listen to offers for the 27-year-old this summer, having spent £30million on his signing back in 2013.
With the Argentine international currently out with injury, Mourinho has said the attacking midfielder is a player he’s “always liked” and that he has been “incredible” with his spirit.
However, Mills believes the Portuguese boss needs someone he can rely on, rather than a player who has suffered numerous injuries during his time in north London.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think he’s been plagued by injuries and he’s never really lived up to his full potential. Mourinho wants somebody that he can rely on, that is going to be consistent.
“He’s not trained at all and they’ve just had to throw him in – that’s not ideal. When a player constantly is injured, can never train and is never fully fit, there has to come a point where you say: ‘It’s just not working for us.’
“It’s not that he’s a bad player, it’s not that he hasn’t got ability but clearly Tottenham need something a little bit more reliable than that.”
Lamela has 210 appearances under his belt for Spurs but several injuries have curtailed his time with the north Londoners.
He has played 23 times this season, scoring four and assisting four goals.
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