Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has warned the club’s record signing Erik Lamela that he needs to learn English in order to fit in at White Hart Lane, the
Lamela joined Spurs in a £30m transfer from Italian side Roma after spending two years in Serie A, but Villas-Boas has revealed that the Argentine does not speak any English whatsoever, and feels he will struggle to adapt to his new surroundings because of it.
“He’s going to suffer problems of adaptation because he doesn’t speak a word of English,” Villas-Boas said. “He has to adapt to a completely different culture and mentality, which we are sure he will, but we’re unsure of how much time it will take, but he will.
“I think the qualities he brings are his creativeness, his ability to find the last pass that leads to a goal,” continued Villas-Boas. “He’s a natural talent. He’s not a pure, pure winger; he’s creative and likes to come inside and find different spaces. He’s a player with tremendous potential that we have to work on.”
Villas-Boas added that he could not say when Lamela would make his full Tottenham debut as he so far lacks time training with his new teammates due to the late completion of the transfer and the international break, but that he would likely be involved against Norwich on Saturday in some capacity.
“He’s a wonderful, gifted footballer. The fact he’s yet to train with the team puts him in a very difficult position to start the game, but it is not impossible,” said Villas-Boas.”For somebody so gifted, adapting shouldn’t be a problem.
“Lamela just landed in England [Thursday] morning, so he wasn’t involved in training, but they’re used to these kind of trips and effort. I expect him to be involved in the game.”
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