As ever with Mauricio Pochettino, a disruptive influence or a player whose negativity is not wanted in the positive first team environment or someone who is going to leave the club and thus be of no benefit to our future, is removed from the group and trains on their own.
This has happened to Erik Lamela and indicates that his time at Tottenham is up.Far too many people have made excuses for the show pony. He gave us one season and was pining for Italy for the remainder of the time basically.
It doesn't take two years to get over an injury and a hip injury doesn't last a season. A lot of rubbish has been written about depression but let's be clear he hasn't been suffering from depression, he is just mentally weak and wants the easier life in Italy with easier football.
Over here you get less time on the ball and for a season looked as though he was coming to terms with the Premier League, but it was a constant battle. Mentally it wears you down when you are out of your comfort zone and Lamela was definitely out of his comfort zone in England.
I have said it time and time again, talent is not enough, you have to have the mental side of the game and we have to focus on that BEFORE we buy a player. That is best done with trained professionals, not a scout. It is an element we need to add to our purchasing decision and we need to become world leaders at it, then we will stop making so many mistakes.
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