Erik Lamela could have given his confidence a bit of a boost if he’d only tucked away his penalty in Wednesday night’s shoot out and scoring might have stopped some of the criticism on social media. It’s been a tough start for our record signing and his own uncertain beginning hasn’t been helped by the form of Andros Townsend. An extended run in the Premier League starting XI won’t be coming anytime soon.
The Argentine has already admitted that he has found the physicality tough to deal with and following the Capital One Cup clash with Hull, Lamela has asked for more time to stamp his authority on the English game.
“I think I need a bit of time,” Erik 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.”
Criticism hasn’t come from all sides however and an article in the Metro cites Lamela and Harry Kane as the two stand out players from Wednesday’s win. Some would argue with that viewpoint but there’s certainly plenty more to come from Erik – the question is, when will we see it?