Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas: Erik Lamela could struggle to adapt

Erik Lamela could struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League following his move from Roma, according to Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas
Michael Dawson and Andre Villas-Boas Photo: Tottenham Hotspur

Erik Lamela could struggle to adapt to the Premier League due to the Argentine’s lack of English, according to Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The 21-year-old sealed a £30m move to White Hart Lane from Serie A outfit Roma in the summer transfer window after two seasons in the Italian capital.

Lamela, who emerged as a prodigious talent at River Plate, is expected to become a key player for Spurs but Villas-Boas warned supporters that patience is needed with the South American.

“He’s going to suffer problems of adaptation because he doesn’t speak a word of English,” Villas-Boas told a pre-match news conference on Thursday.

“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. 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.

“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 it not impossible. For somebody so gifted, adapting shouldn’t be a problem.

“Lamela just landed in England this 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.

“The players on internationals trained very hard. Sigurdsson didn’t train because of a dead leg, but most of the boys came back OK. We have had plenty of time to recover, so it gives us a chance to have enough sleep and recovery time.”

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