Trevor Sinclair has claimed that West Ham’s Pablo Fornals has flown ahead of Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, after suggesting they were on a level par with each other.
Fornals, 25, has been enjoying a positive start to the season with the Hammers, scoring on three occasions in the Premier League so far, and was instrumental in his side’s 4-1 thumping of Aston Villa on Sunday.
However, the same cannot be said of Argentina international Lo Celso, who is struggling to kick on in North London after permanently signing in early 2020.
He has dipped in and out of the starting line-up and when given the opportunity to prove his worth, he has often flattered to deceive in an already-faltering Tottenham side.
Former West Ham man Sinclair believes the pair ‘were on a level pegging’ previously, but suggested that Fornals has left Lo Celso in the dust with regards to current form.
He told talkSPORT (November 1, 9:50 am): “I look at [Giovani] Lo Celso and I think what player is he similar to? He’s a very similar player to [Pablo] Fornals.
“Because West Ham have had that consistency with the manager – with the coaching staff working on that player – Fornals’ rise has been incredible. Lo Celso has stood still (or) gone backwards.
“Two players who were on level pegging – one of them is absolutely flying and the other one’s gone backwards.”
Sinclair added: “It’s the inconsistency in the managing – (Lo Celso has) had four managers (at Tottenham). How are you supposed to improve when you’re a new player coming into the Premier League and getting used to a new style of play when it’s always changing?
“Look at what Pablo Fornals is doing now at West Ham – he’s done unbelievable.”
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Lo Celso’s struggles in a Spurs shirt have been plain and simple to see which have been disappointing, as many expected him to be a source of creativity for the side.
Hopefully, new manager Antonio Conte will be able to find a good tune out of him, otherwise, the move will be a big failure.
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