Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham could be set to cash in on Erik Lamela if Jose Mourinho feels he is not in his plans.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker heaped praise on the winger and labelled him a “world beater” on his day.
Lamela has started just seven games for Spurs since Jose Mourino became manager in November of last year.
His game time has not been helped by the arrival of wingers Steven Bergwijn and Gareth Bale as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.
Whelan still believes the 28-year-old has a lot to offer and next summer could be the perfect time to get a good fee for Lamela.
He told Football Insider: “He’s been at Tottenham a hell of a long time now, Erik Lamela, and he’s always been one of these players that is a go-to from the bench.
“He’s had short spells when he’s been a starter in the side, more so with Mauricio Pochettino.
“Now he’s the sort of player that, on his day, can be a world beater. He can score great goals, he’s fantastic with the ball on the deck, great pace, good eye for a pass.
“It’s a catch 22 situation. If he’s desperately needed by Jose Mourinho, then they should think about getting a new contract on the table for him. If he’s not in Jose Mourinho’s plans and they feel they want a fresher person in that position, then you do have to cash in. It’s as simple as that.
“Lamela has still got a lot to offer a football team and could get regular game time so you’ll get more money from him now then in another year’s time.
“If you want to get some money for him the best way would be to cash in at the end of the season.”
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