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West Ham boss Zola: Savio will come good

West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola has played down the slow start to his Premiership career of youngster Savio Nsereko.

Savio, 19, arrived from Brescia in January for £5.5million but has failed to make an instant impact at Upton Park after penning a 4½-year deal.

The Hammers head into Saturday's London derby against Tottenham without several key men, including striker Carlton Cole.

But boss Zola reckons Germany Under-20 star Savio is ready to show supporters why he is so highly rated.

Zola said: "We have expectations of him but we can't forget that the boy is only 19.

"He has great potential and he can become a really top player.

"But the crowd and everybody else need to be patient."

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