Villas-Boas admits Lamela is struggling to settle at Tottenham

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that the club’s record breaking signing, Erik Lamela, is finding it hard to adapt to the Premier League, ESPN has reported.

Lamela, who joined the north London outfit from Roma in the summer for a fee of £30m, has struggled to make an impact in the Spurs side and his manager has admitted that the Argentinean is yet to produce what he is capable of.

The Portuguese added: “We have been speaking a lot with him and I think getting him acquainted to the Premier League is important because he doesn’t know the language. [Roberto] Soldado had some knowledge of the language before he arrived here, so it was a little bit easier for him, but it is not so easy for Erik. We have given him massive, massive help and his family arrived this week.

He knows he isn’t producing half of what he can produce, but he understands the situation now is that he has to compete for his place. We are patient with him as we appreciate he is a player of huge potential and I will continue to pick the players that are best for the team.

The 21-year-old confirmed last month that he was finding it tough to adapt to the English game, and added that he would need to adapt quickly to keep his chances of being involved in the Argentinean squad for next year’s World Cup alive. “I’m playing in England and I have to adapt quickly,” Lamela said. “English football is more physical and not as tactical as the Italian game, and I talk to my team-mates about that.

Lamela will be hoping to be involved in his side’s fourth round Capital One Cup fixture with Hull City on Wednesday just four days after the two teams met at White Hart Lane, with a Roberto Soldado penalty giving the home side a 1-0 win on that occasion.

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