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Lamela: My time will come

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela insists his time will come once he has adjusted to life in the Premier League.

Lamela, 21, was bought from AS Roma for a club-record fee of £30million, and was expected to fill the gap left by Gareth Bale.

Yet things for Lamela haven't been perfect so far. The excellent form of Andros Townsend meant Lamela has played a peripheral role for Tottenham so far this season.

The Argentinian has started only five games since his arrival - all of them in cup competitions.

On Wednesday night he showed glimpses of his talent against Hull City, but the winger admits he needs more time to settle in England and in the Premier League.

"I think I need a bit of time," Lamela was quoted by the London Evening Standard.

"I feel good here, although getting used to life here in every sense is a completely different thing. I've barely been here two months, so time is maybe what I need.

"I need training, a bit of rhythm, some games. English football is very different from the game in Italy - much more physical, whereas Serie A is more tactical.

"It's not necessarily more difficult, but it's just different. This is a style of football I like very much, though, and I think, with the way I play, it will be very suited to my game."

Recently Lamela's family moved to London and this could help the young star a lot.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas, a fluent Spanish speaker, has been helping Lamela to break the language barrier, which he thinks has hindered the progress of the former Roma winger.

"My moment will come and I will make the difference," he continued. "You always train thinking that you're going to play.

"Sooner or later, my moment will arrive and I have to be ready. That is the way I am looking at it.

"I get on very well with Andre Villas-Boas. He is a great guy who clearly thinks about the future. Because of this, coming to Tottenham is a great step for me and in the future, we'll see why.

"Of course, it's also important for me to get into the Argentina squad for the World Cup, but I'm confident I'll play here. We are involved in four competitions so there are many games ahead."

Lamela definitely has the confidence needed and after a couple of months he could be Tottenham's new superstar.

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