Premier League: Five stars who need more time

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Erik Lamela

With the departure of Welsh star Gareth Bale to Real Madrid always imminent, Tottenham spent a huge amount of money strengthening their squad during the summer in order to fill the gaping void left by the speedy winger's inevitable defection.

Although fellow midfield newcomer Christian Eriksen is already proving to be a hit, Argentine international Lamela has so far disappointed at White Hart Lane. Having arrived for a club-record fee of approximately £30 million from AS Roma, the 21-year-old has shown little sign of justifying such a hefty price tag.

The former River Plate starlet has been used sparingly thus far in the Premier League, with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas preferring the likes of Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson. With Aaron Lennon also set to return from injury, the situation may already be looking somewhat bleak for Lamela. 

Despite his obvious struggle to impose himself during the early stages of the season, to characterise Lamela as a so-called 'flop' at this juncture would be naive and incredibly foolish. The player himself has admitted that he is still adapting to the increased physicality of the Premier League and once he manages to achieve this, he will surely prove himself worthy of the summer hype.

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