It’s been a tough season for Spurs with injuries, underwhelming performances, and a managerial change in the dugout. One positive, as Abbi Summers points out however, has been Giovani Lo Celso.
In what can only be considered as a disappointing season for Tottenham, Giovani Lo Celso has been one of the few highlights. Unfortunately, after arriving in the summer with big expectations and vast amounts of potential, injuries have hampered his start to life in the Premier League.
After Mourinho’s appointment, Lo Celso appeared to fall further out of favour, leaving fans questioning whether he would ever make it in a team led by such a defensive manager. Fuelling these thoughts from the fans was Mourinho himself, openly admitting that he didn’t understand where Lo Celso fitted in.
Mourinho has since been proven wrong, with Lo Celso becoming an integral part of Spurs’ plans moving forward with the club subsequently making his loan deal permanent in January.
He brings an energy and creativity that Spurs have sorely missed this season, particularly after the loss of Eriksen to Inter.
He has the ability to create something from nothing, he always wants the ball and looks forward rather than sideways or backwards. He brings an energy and creativity that Spurs have sorely missed this season, particularly after the loss of Eriksen to Inter. He’s also helped fill the void created by injuries to Kane and Son when connecting the midfield and front three.
Despite only playing in the second half, Lo Celso was the standout man against Burnley, and without his introduction, it’s hard to believe we would’ve taken anything from that game after a truly abysmal first 45 minutes.
The Argentine opened the game up as every good passage of play went through him. It was his positivity and energetic approach that allowed us to take the game to Burnley, and after having such a big influence in the second half, you begin to question why he didn’t start.
Had he of made the starting lineup, I’m sure we would have taken more than a point. His passing was fantastic and he offered attacking bursts that moved the team forward (I guess it helps when the team selection and formation isn’t so negative from the offset!)
The only downside to Lo Celso, so far, is his lack of goals and assists. He netted nine times and mustered six assists during his spell with Real Betis, and those goals would be a welcomed addition in a time where the team is in desperate need of attacking threat, especially now Bergwijn has added to our injury woes.
Goals from midfield have always been important for Spurs, and Eriksen contributed heavily during his tenure with free-kicks and long-range strikes. I’ve no doubt that once Kane and Son return, Lo Celso will be a key figure in assisting both as they look to hit the ground running after long spells on the sidelines.
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