Bye Lamela: Spurs eye Bamba

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26/3/2021 | 8:32 am

Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly planning a move for Jonathan Bamba this summer …

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Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas claims the € 40million-rated Lille winger is among the strikers Spurs are interested in before the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

Bamba is another player that North London club’s scouts have been following. The 24-year-old moved in 2018 from league rivals Saint-Etienne to Lille on a free transfer.

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Bye Lamela

That news would almost certainly mark the end of Erik Lamela’s time at the club as the longtime Argentine has been linked with a Serie A return this week.

Bologna sporting director Walter Sabatini, who oversaw the sale of the 29-year-old from Roma to Spurs in 2013, has confirmed that his former star is indeed a target, he said (via the Evening Standard): “Lamela is one of the names that we have to look into, ”said Sabatini. “We’re trying to understand if there are ways to get there and there are no guarantees.”

Given Lamela’s injury issues (133 missed games) and disagreements (one goal contribution every three games), it is likely time to move on.

In Ligue 1, the exploits of Jonathan David, Renato Sanches and earlier Nicolas Pepe have often taken most of the praise for Les Dogues, but the former France U21 international remains a key asset.

Take, for example, that Bamba has contributed seven goals and nine assists from 38 appearances in the French top division and the Europa League this season via Transfermarkt.

This is the one who scores a goal every two games, one less than what Lamela has scored in eight seasons at Spurs. Bamba is second in the average WhoScored rating this season (7.17), ahead of David and Sanches.

Lille boss Christophe Galtier said of the winger’s shape in November: “Jonathan was in fantastic shape at the start of this season. Full appreciation for him. Jo is mostly on the pitch and if that’s the case it’s because he’s an important player for the team. “

Zach Lowry, an analyst at Between The Lines, called Bamba their “creative leader” because “everything runs through him in attack”. In fact, most of their forward play comes from the left, where the 5-foot-9 dynamo likes to work in the pocket behind David.

Bamba has also been referred to as a “hidden gem” in the past, with his “lightning-fast” speed being a key trait that Lamela may no longer have given his age and injury history.

As shown above, replacing Andre Villas-Boas’ signature with Bamba could be a smart move by Daniel Levy. He can beat gold by moving the Argentine on and bringing in the Lille talisman as a replacement.

AND in other news Levy has to say goodbye to the 23-year-old Spurs flop, Pochettino once called him “a great talent” …

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