It wasn’t too long ago that it looked like things might not work out for Giovani Lo Celso at Tottenham.
He came to the club with high expectations after enjoying an impressive season in La Liga with Real Betis but injuries prevented him from getting a run in the side for the first few months.
Just as he regained it fitness, the club decided to replace Mauricio Pochettino, the man who brought him to North London with Jose Mourinho. Lo Celso didn’t really see too many opportunities come his way in the initial few weeks under the Portuguese coach.
However, over the past month or so the 23-year-old has not only played his way into the team but has arguably been Spurs’ best player.
He seems to have fully adapted to English football and is starting to make a difference for the side on the pitch.
Tottenham decided to take up the option of making the loan deal for the Argentine permanent last month for an additional £27.2million (TEAMtalk), a decision that former Spurs midfielder Chris Waddle believes will turn out to be a prudent one.
He claimed that former PSG man has seized his chance when he saw that Christian Eriksen leaving the club.
In his column for Racing Post, Waddle wrote: “Steven Bergwijn couldn’t have enjoyed a more sparkling debut for Tottenham though the player I think who could make even more difference on the run-in is Giovani Lo Celso.
“The Argentinian star is only 23 and struggled to make much of an impact when he first arrived at Spurs.
“But it seems to me that as soon as he knew Christian Eriksen was on his way he thought this is my chance and he’s blossomed.
“He’s hungry, he’s confident, he looks a real player and 18 months from now Tottenham may well be thinking he was an absolute steal at £30m.”
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I was one of the ones who felt that the club will decide to cut their losses with Lo Celso as he didn’t seem like a Mourinho type of player. However, the Spurs head coach has shown that he is willing to trust the Argentine to play in a two-man pivot alongside Harry Winks. Lo Celso has shown that he is tenacious enough to play that role even in games like the one against City where he had to do a lot of running and saw very little of the ball.
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