Lamela reveals why he won’t let Giovani Lo Celso have the same Spurs start as him

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Dom Le Roy

It could have easily been rather daunting for Giovani Lo Celso to come and join Tottenham Hotspur this summer, being a lad from Argentina who plays in Spain.

However, the cultural change and language barrier will undoubtedly be eased by the fact that there are already numerous Argentines at the North London club.

Not only is the manager himself, Mauricio Pochettino, from Argentina, but Paulo Gazzaniga, Erik Lamela, and Juan Foyth have all also played for their country.

Foyth was even a part of the same Copa America squad as Lo Celso this summer.

Erik Lamela has been speaking about the start to his own Spurs career this week, and how he found it tricky because there were few Spanish-speaking players to take a young Erik under their wing.

However, Lamela clearly has no intention to let Lo Celso face this battle alone, insisting that he will be around to help.

Lamela said (Standard): “When I came here, I was very young and there weren’t too many [Spanish-speaking] players around me,” Lamela said. “Now we have a very good group, a very good unit. We’re together to help him, along with the other guys in the group. It’s difficult, especially when you don’t speak English, but we’re all around him to help him to adapt as soon as possible.

“I’m very happy to have him here, he’s a very good player and a very good person, my friend from the national team. He’s very technical, an amazing left foot. He runs a lot and will be good for the team.”

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