Villas-Boas sees Tottenham Hotspur full of “world stars” in the future
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes all of his new young signings have potential to become “world stars” in the future. The White Hart Lane boss feels that the club is about to go through a “new start” after the hustle and bustle of the transfer window. Villas-Boas claims he is eager to starting working with the new arrivals at full capacity now that the transfer window and the international break is out of the way.
Villas-Boas spent a treasure chest on signing in players such as Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches in the last stage of the transfer window. However, all three signings haven’t made their starts under a Spurs jersey yet. Villas-Boas sees all three players fully settled at the club by October. Lamela and Eriksen might actually come off the bench against Norwich City on Saturday, but Chiriches’ debut will take longer because his work permit has not been finalized yet.
“The expectancy is these players will become world stars,” Villas-Boas said. “We have gone past six weeks in pre-season where our starting squad had nothing to do with the way we finished in the transfer window. At the moment every time we have to bond together is essential, to form a team. The players have really stepped up a level in terms of individual quality. It looks like a new start for us.
“It's difficult to think of how much time it's going to take [for the team to jell]. What makes it a little bit easier is the amount of games in September and October, because it's with games that we have the opportunity to put them together and get to know each other. We have five fixtures in September that allow us to have the opportunity to throw them into the pitch and see them develop.”
The former Chelsea boss had special praise for Lamela. Villas-Boas insists the former Roma forward will become a huge hit once he is settled and adapted to the Premier League.
“I think the qualities he brings are his creativeness, his ability to find the last pass that leads to a goal. He's a natural talent. He's not a pure winger; he's creative and likes to come inside and find different spaces. He's a player with tremendous potential that we have to work on,” Villas-Boas added.
“He's going to suffer problems of adaptation because he doesn't speak a word of English. He has to adapt to a completely different culture and mentality, which we are sure he will, but we're unsure of how much time it will take, but he will.
“He's a wonderful, gifted footballer. The fact he's yet to train with the team puts him in a very difficult position to start the game, but it is not impossible. For somebody so gifted, adapting shouldn't be a problem. Lamela just landed in England [on Thursday], so he wasn't involved in training, but they're used to these kind of trips and effort. I expect him to be involved in the game.
“Christian Eriksen is a big possibility, but he's not a certainty yet. We signed three players who trained for the first time with us on Friday, two weeks ago, and they then departed for international duty. We just saw him back today. To have the experience of his team-mates is vital, so that time is something we have to work on.”
Tottenham Hotspur are currently positioned sixth on the Premier League table, with two wins from three games. The London club would have had nine points instead of six points had they picked up a home victory against archrivals Arsenal before the international break.