Erik Lamela arrived at Tottenham for a record £30 million in the summer - and has said the money will be worth it once he has adjusted to the style of play in the Premier League.

The Argentinian has failed to make an immediate impact at White Hart Lane, but has obvious potential - he showed glimpses of his skill in Wednesday's win over Hull City in the Capital One Cup - although he did miss a penalty in the shoot-out that Spurs eventually won 8-7.

"I think I need a bit of time," Lamela said. "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."

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas hopes that the arrival of Lamela's family to London will help the former Roma winger, and as a fluent Spanish speaker, has tried to break down the language barrier that he believes has made it harder for the youngster to progress since he signed for the North London club.

Lamela is convinced he has Villas-Boas' confidence and is sure he will get enough game time to be considered for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

"My moment will come and I will make the difference," Lamela told the London Evening Standard.

"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."

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