'My moment will come' - Lamela urges patience from Tottenham fans

The club-record signing has been limited to a bit-part role for much the season as he looks to adapt, but he is confident he will be a success
Tottenham record signing Erik Lamela admits it will take time for him to adapt to the English game but is convinced he can be a success in the Premier League.

The Argentina international is yet to start a top-flight game since his €30 million summer move from Roma and was the only Spurs man to miss his spot kick in the penalty shoot-out victory over Hull City on Wednesday.

While 21-year-old - who speaks very little English - attributes his difficult start to life at White Hart Lane to the culture shock of relocating from Italy, but he is confident he can prove his worth in the long run.

"I think I need a bit of time," Lamela told The 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.”

Having hit 15 goals in Serie A last season, Lamela is yet to find the net for Andre Villas-Boas’ men, but is refusing to lose heart as he attempts to work his way into the first team ahead of next summer's World Cup.

"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."