Paul Robinson believes that Tottenham attacker Erik Lamela could be the “victim” of a squad clearout in the summer transfer window.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits that the Lilywhites have too many players who operate in the same role at the moment.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Spurs are open to offers for the 27-year-old this summer after six years at the club, with the Lilywhites set to take a significant loss on his sale.
Lamela has been used intermittently by Jose Mourinho this season, with the Argentine stepping off the bench and forcing Antonio Rudiger to turn the ball into his own net during the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
With January signing Steven Bergwijn adding to the options at the manager’s disposal, Robinson thinks Lamela could be in the firing line.
“He’s been injured, he’s missed a bit of the season and he’s been at Spurs a long time now,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He usually has an effect when he comes on, an attacking impetus, but I think at the moment he could be the victim of having too many of the same type of players in the same position.
“You can only hold so many attacking midfielders, the way Mourinho plays there are three places in the team. There’s Lo Celso in there, Gedson Fernandes, Lucas Moura, Son, Lamela, Sissoko, Bergwijn, Ryan Sessegnon – there’s only so many players you can have in the same position.
“Maybe he will be a victim of squad thinning.”
Lamela has 23 appearances under his belt this season, with four goals and four assists across all competitions.
He has featured a total of 210 times for the Lilywhites, numerous injury problems hampering his time in north London.