But Sherwood insisted the £30m Argentina winger was not a flop - because he had not seen enough of him to dub him that.

“There’ll be no chance Erik’s fit," said Sherwood of the star, who has a back problem.

"Someone told me that the hierarchy here are asking for him to get more opportunities. Chance would be a fine thing, he’s injured.”

But Sherwood said it would be wrong to call Lamela a waste of money.

“You know what, I haven’t seen enough of him," he said.