If Peter Pan were to do an NFL-like draft pick to select his group of lost boys, I have no doubt that Erik Lamela would be chosen first. After appearing as a young, fresh and agile Argentinian who could replace GB11, the winger then went on to fly, like the Pan, to Italy, Argentina back to London and round again – albeit without the green tights. Posters have been put up, milk cartons used and sniffer dogs recruited, now finally, it seems that we have news on Erik Lamela. The Demise of Erik Lamela Last month, when manager Tim Sherwood was asked about the Argentine’s contribution this season, he claimed: “The jury is still out, if I’m honest”, causing Spurs fans to question whether Sherwood had played a part in the Argentinian’s murder. However, the Daily Mail have dedicated an entire story for Coco’s absence, putting it solely down to injury. The truth, they believe, is that Lamela was injured when he arrived at WHL and was so desperate to succeed, that he had tried to hide a serious muscular injury. As a result of this, his body compensated in other areas, leading to the diagnosis of a fractured vertebra that has kept him out of action since December 2013. The Resurrection of Erik Lamela As explained by the Mail, there have been other signs of his talent, but, at present, he is said to be hurting inside after being excluded from Alejandro Sabella’s World Cup squad, and is absolutely determined to make amends next season. Italian papers Gazzetta Dello Sport and Corriere Dello Sport, both report that our number 11 is a player of interest for Walter Mazzarri’s Inter Milan, whilst there have been repeated rumours that Roma are trying to get the Argentine playmaker back. A queue of clubs with CL football would take Lamela off Tottenham’s hands, but the Mail are adamant that he isn’t leaving. The Daily Mail were also quick to quash the thought that Lamela would be unsettled if Franco Baldini were to leave Spurs this summer. With there being an assumption that Lamela was recommended to Spurs by Baldini when he quit Roma, the Mail report that Spurs had made their first approach in January 2013, when Villas-Boas enquired about him in the transfer window. Erik Found, Erik Supported Comments on this article were in unanimous support for our record-signing, who had hit back at critics who had labelled Erik a “waste of money” or even a PL “flop”. One supporter or Erik, wrote – “He's a young player who's had injury issues and struggled to settle in England. He has a top attitude, staying behind after training and games to practise and being constantly upbeat. He'll be a first team regular and a big player for spurs within 2 years (if he stays) so there's no need for ignorant pieces like this.” Whilst another added - “Papers are too quick to judge! Just look at Wilson from Man U! 2 goals on his debut and he's the saviour of English football! That one has been bounded about so many times, Francis Jeffers anyone? The papers need to calm down.” Although my personal favourite, can be shown here – “Papers, like the Daily Mail, like to glamorize a young footballer's "supposed" failings. Even greats like Suarez, Henry, and Ronaldo took time to settle in this country. Let’s not forget Bale, who the media were calling him the worst LB in the league when he never won in a Spurs shirt in 21 games, yet blossomed in to the most expensive footballer in the World. Then you have the flip side, Pape Cisse at Newcastle, was on fire when he first came, the next season he couldn't score to save his life. This is the media culture though, they want everything instantly, and if they do not get it, they label you a flop.” I often say “Keep the Faith” at the end of many of my articles to no avail, but here I feel it is essential. Keep the faith in Erik, Spurs fans, and one day that faith will be repaid!