Antonio Conte has hinted that Giovani Lo Celso may have been handed opportunities if not for his injury and stated that the midfielder can play in a couple of different positions in his set-up.
Lo Celso picked up an injury while on international duty with Argentina last month and following a couple of weeks on the sidelines, the midfielder is now back in training.
While some of Tottenham’s squad players, including the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Steven Bergwijn have made their case to Conte this week, the Argentine is yet to start a single game under the Italian.
With Spurs now set to play Crystal Palace and Southampton in a space of three days, the former Real Betis man may finally get his first opportunity to impress his new head coach.
Conte admitted that he sees Lo Celso playing either as part of a midfield three in a 3-5-2 or in the two positions behind Harry Kane in a 3-4-3.
When asked if the former Real Betis man could get minutes through the Christmas period, the Spurs boss told Football.London: “Giovani was injured, if you remember, during the period with the national team. Romero and Giovani Lo Celso came back injured.
“Romero is still injured and Giovani is trying to have good training sessions, to improve his physical condition and then to be ready to play with us. That is all.
“He can play as a midfielder, if we decide to play with three midfielders. He can play as a No.10 if we decided to play with two No.10s behind our strikers.”
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Even if Conte decides to revert to a 3-5-2 against Palace, I don’t see how Lo Celso will start over the likes of Dele and Winks after the performances they put in against Liverpool. The Argentine might get some minutes off the bench and he needs to take the opportunity to impress the Italian.
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