Alex McLeish has suggested Erik Lamela could be one of several players replaced at Tottenham this summer.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Spurs need a “reboot” ahead of next season and touted a potential exit for the Argentine “maverick”.
The 28-year-old has played 21 times under Jose Mourinho this season, although only nine of his appearances have come in the starting XI.
He has netted three goals so far, none of which have come in the Premier League, while he registered his first assist of the campaign in Thursday night’s 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsberger.
The 25-cap Argentina international’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022, meaning Spurs could miss out on a transfer fee if he is not sold this summer.
McLeish has suggested there needs to be a change of personnel at Tottenham at the end of the season and admitted Lamela’s lack of consistency puts him on the chopping block.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You’re looking at some of the players and saying: ‘They need to buy new players, they need to reboot.’ That seems to happen to Spurs every few years when just when you think they’ve turned the corner and the hunt of a trophy.
“I just don’t think they’ve got a real rhythm again, when Harry Kane was out the team we saw that Son was trying to do everything, trying to do Harry’s job. You saw he was a wee bit lost, then he came back in and there was a wee bit of such resurgence.
“If they lose those two, the Spurs fans would feel they were doomed, you know?
Asked if there was anyone, in particular, he thought Spurs needed to replace, McLeish said: “I do believe guys like Erik Lamela, he was one of the guys that came in when Bale left, he hasn’t really hit the heights that sometimes we see him at.
“We spoke after the 5-4 thriller (v Everton) and Erik Lamela scored a couple of goals in that, he looked exciting and somebody with a magic left foot that’s almost like a wand at times, but it’s only really in little bits of the season.
“Then there’s a wee run of maybe two or three games and that kind of player is a bit of a maverick and does great things at times but then when you’re looking for consistency, that’s the difference.”