Tottenham new boy Lamela admits need to adapt to Premier League
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela has admitted he needs to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League, and soon, Sky Sports has reported.
Lamela moved to White Hart Lane late in the transfer window, a £30m signing from Serie A side Roma, as Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas redesigned his Spurs squad in the wake of Gareth Bale’s departure to Real Madrid for a world record fee. Lamela was drafted in alongside the likes of Christian Eriksen, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado as Villas-Boas continually set a new club transfer record, eventually ending with the capture of the Argentine.
But Lamela has yet to make an impact in English football, making four Premier League appearances for Tottenham but no starts, and the 21-year-old believes he needs to get used to his new surroundings quickly in order to maintain his place for both club and country.
“English football is much more physical while the game is more tactical in Italy,” Lamela said. “I have been talking a lot with my teammates and I know that I have to adapt as quickly as possible if I want to ensure my place in the team and at the national team.”
Lamela has a handful of caps for Argentina, having made his debut in 2011. He joined Roma from River Plate that same year after scoring four goals in 36 appearances, and went on to play 66 times for the capital club, scoring 21 goals.
Argentina will be at next year’s World Cup, having qualified for the tournament in Brazil by topping the CONMEBOL table, two points clear of Colombia.
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