Lamela and Soldado receive backing from Tottenham teammate Sandro

Tottenham midfielder Sandro has backed big-money summer signings Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, who are yet to make a major impact since arriving in North London, Sky Sports is reporting.

Spanish forward Soldado was signed for £26m from Valencia over the summer and has started all but one of Tottenham’s 11 Premier League games thus far, but has struggled to score from open play, with most of his goals coming from the penalty spot, while second-choice striker Jermain Defoe has a good scoring record in the cup competitions.

Lamela, Tottenham’s £30m record signing, has struggled to force his way into the starting XI, and has admitted that he is struggling to settle at the club. So far, the winger has not started a Premier League match, and has only made four substitute appearances, finding himself behind Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli in the Spurs pecking order.

However, Sandro, who himself took some months to find his best form after arriving at Tottenham in 2010, has faith in the duo. He said:“It’s not easy for players coming from another country. In the Brazilian league, where I came from, the style is slower whereas here, it’s so fast and strong. I had to learn.

“It’s off-the-field also. Your family is not here, your friends are not here. I felt at home only after six months, one year. Some players don’t speak English and it’s harder because everyone speaks and they can’t say anything.

“But it’s starting to come for Lamela. He likes to play with the ball close to him, to dribble. You do not put the ball away from him, like Azza [Aaron Lennon]. You pass to him. He can be a big player. He just needs games and confidence.

“With Soldado, sometimes we have to come to help him, to support him. We have to play closer to him.”

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