Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lamela: My Big Moment Will Come

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lamela: My Big Moment Will Come

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ERIK Lamela insists he will justify his PS30m price tag once he has adjusted to life in the Premier League.

Lamela was expected to be the man to fill the void left by Gareth Bale when he moved from Roma in a club-record deal this summer, but he has failed to impress so far.

The excellent form of Andros Townsend has meant Lamela has played a peripheral role for the north London club so far, starting just five games - all of which have come in the cup competitions.

Lamela showed glimpses of his potential in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup win over Hull - although he did miss a penalty - but the slight midfielder admits he still needs time to adjust to the rigours of the English game.

"I think I need a bit of time," Lamela said.

"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. …

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