Argentinian wide man has yet to score for the north Londoners.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that recent new arrival Erik Lamela “isn’t producing half of what he can produce” since first arriving at White Hart Lane from Serie A in the summer, according to reports on ESPN.
The highly rated young Argentina international joined the north London club from Italian giants AS Roma in August on a five-year deal for an initial transfer fee of £25.8 million.
However, it is fair to say that since signing for Tottenham, Lamela has found it desperately hard to both settle into life in the capital, as well as win a regular starting berth in the first team.
As a result, the 21-year-old has featured in just the eight matches in total so far for Spurs in all competitions this season, contributing the two assists along the way, including making four appearances in the Premier League.
And Lamela’s boss at the Lane has now called on the winger to find his form, and quickly, while Lamela himself will also be desperately hoping to start reproducing some of the impressive displays he showed for the Romans in Serie A if the forward wishes to keep his place in the Argentina national team at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
“[Roberto] Soldado had some knowledge of the language before he arrived here, so it was a little bit easier for him, but it is not so easy for Erik. We have given him massive, massive help and his family arrived this week,” said Villas-Boas.
“He knows he isn’t producing half of what he can produce, but he understands the situation now is that he has to compete for his place.
“We are patient with him as we appreciate he is a player of huge potential and I will continue to pick the players that are best for the team.”