Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas urges Erik Lamela patience

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Joe Bennett of Aston Villa during the Capital One Cup third round match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on September 24, 2013
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Andre Villas-Boas believes that everyone at Tottenham Hotspur needs to be patient with Erik Lamela.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted that he is confident Erik Lamela will come good in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old Argentine attacker has struggled at Spurs so far this season, having joined them from Roma in the summer.

"We need to be a little bit patient with him, not speaking the language, it's very difficult," Sky Sports News quotes Villas-Boas as saying.

"Not only that but coming from a completely different social background. Imagine moving from Roma to Tottenham, it's a difficult step for him.

"So we need to give him the chance to break into the team and I think eventually, when a game goes fully his way for 90 minutes, we can have him to the level he can achieve."

Villas-Boas also defended paying £30m to Roma to sign Lamela.

"We've been very careful with him and given him our full support," he said. "It's a heavy price tag, a price tag that was deserved for what he did at Roma, but I think he still needs time.

"It took him about six months to settle in Roma. Also position-wise, he started out on the left there, then had a wonderful season on the right.

"At the moment on the right is not going well for him so he shifted back to the left and I think that will come good."

Lamela moved to Roma from River Plate in 2011.

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