Spurs new-boy struggling to settle in England.
Tottenham forward Erik Lamela admits he has struggled to adapt since moving to the club from Roma this summer, but has vowed to improve his performances, according to the Telegraph.
The young Argentine was one of many exciting big-name signings brought in by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas during the summer transfer window, arriving for a club-record fee of £30m with big expectations on his shoulders.
However, he has not managed to make an impact so far at White Hart Lane, leading his manager to admit that he is still adapting to his new environment.
Lamela initially struggled at Roma as well after joining the club from River Plate in his native Argentina, though his second year with the club was a marked improvement, and attracted attention from a large number of top sides before he eventually moved to north London this season.
The 21-year-old insists he feels good at his new club, who play an attacking style that suits his game, but says he hopes he will be given time to settle in, as English football is very different to what he is used to.
“I think I need a bit of time,” he is quoted as saying. “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.”