The Offside Yap #7

Each week we ask our Offside Yappers to give their thoughts on a topic in the game which has got us thinking.. Into our seventh instalment and something slightly different this time..

Who is the biggest wasted talent at your club and why?

Erik Lamela signed for Spurs for a fee believed to be around £30 million from Roma

Erik Lamela signed for Spurs for a fee believed to be around £30 million from Roma

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)

@GregHelmich – Didn’t seem to be wanted by the manager as he was signed by the Director of Football Franco Baldini. Has hardly played and when he has he’s looked unfit and uninterested.

@MorganHammond89 – The club’s record transfer signing has failed to live up to his price tag due to a lack of first team opportunities under AVB and now his injury.

@BarkerPodcasts – He’s young and full of potential but was given a huge price tag and expectation that was setting him up to fail from the start.

@David_Lee91 – Lamela is arguably the biggest wasted talent in Spurs history, let alone this season. Out of Tottenham’s lavish summer spending, he stood out as the man to truly compensate for the loss of Gareth Bale. But with only nine PL appearances for Spurs, his debut season has been nothing short of a disaster.

Advice for Lamela..

@GregHelmich – I feel really sorry for Lamela and he should leave before a fantastic talent is wasted. This is a clear example of how the position of Director of Football can cause problems at a football club.

@MorganHammond89 – The player is undoubtedly talented, he just needs time to settle in England. My advice to Erik would be to not quit Spurs and to help the club build for next season.

Advice for Spurs..

@David_Lee91 – Hang onto him and give him time to settle as he has all the raw attributes to make an impact in the Premier League.

The midfielder signed a five year contract at Manchester United in September 2013

The midfielder signed a five year contract at Manchester United in September 2013

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

@AlexLever – Fellaini because he’s utter s***!

Advice for Fellaini..

@AlexLever– Play football rather than committing stupid fouls and getting in the way of good chances!

Advice for David Moyes..

@NiamhArchibald – Leave him on the sidelines!

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The Portuguese attacker is into his seventh season at the club

Luis Nani (Manchester United)

@JournoRich – Brilliant on his day but hampered by injuries

Gary Madine started his career at Carlisle United

Gary “Goal Machine” Madine started his career at Carlisle United

Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday)

@Weekesy15 – Madine has just been released from jail after serving a less than a third of his sentence after being found guilty of causing actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm. Whilst the fanbase was largely split as to whether Wednesday should give  Madine another chance, the club decided to keep hold of him. Madine promised he would  never let anyone down again. Wednesday sent him out on loan to former club Carlisle to help bring his match fitness up to standard. Things were looking up as he scored on his debut.But just five weeks after being released early, the Sheffield Wednesday star was filmed launching unprovoked abuse at road workers.

Advice for Madine..

The talent is there. The mentality is sadly lacking. It would seem it’s too late to offer advice. He’s had enough chances for me.

Everton are closing in on a top four spot that will give them UEFA Champions League football

Everton are closing in on a top four spot that will give them UEFA Champions League football

Everton

@dejonefc – Hard to criticise any Everton player this season.

Chelsea are flying high in the Barclays U21 Premier League

Chelsea are flying high in the Barclays U21 Premier League

Chelsea

@NikkiDcfc– Whilst you could perhaps say you might want to see more of David Luiz’s flair or Ashley Cole’s consistency, I’d like to look at it from a slightly different angle. Currently we have an inordinate amount of players out on loan, plus very strong U-18 and U-21 sides, and it is highly unfortunate that it is probable that very few of these players will ever even see the first team, let alone on a regular basis. The club, surely knowing this, may be making good business investments by grooming these young players and then selling them, but it is a waste of talent that many of us would love to see in the starting eleven one day. The best we can hope for is that they keep plugging away and proving their worth, and that it will pay off in the future.

Do you think Lamela still has time to be a success at Spurs? Will Fellaini prove the United fans wrong? Who is the biggest waste of talent at your club?

Read the rest of the Offside Yap series here!

Episode 33 of The Offside Rule Podcast (We Get It!) will be available on our Audioboo page on Thursday 10rd April. This week the ladies talk about times in football when things have gone to waste!

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