It is fair to say that Giovani Lo Celso has had a complete reversal in fortunes over the past month or so.
He was initially overlooked by Jose Mourinho in his selections and when opportunities did come his way, he didn’t really make them count.
There were fears among some pockets of Spurs fans that the 23-year-old was going to fail to play his way into the team and the club may opt against exercising the option to buy him permanently from Real Madrid.
Lo Celso has started to show his promise in recent weeks with impressive displays against Southampton, Norwich and Manchester City.
Mourinho insisted that Lo Celso’s efforts on the field had warranted the club’s decision (Football.London) and true to his word, Tottenham did secure his services on a permanent deal towards the end of the window.
The former Real Betis man admitted that while it wasn’t initially easy for him, he is now enjoying his football in North London.
Speaking to The Guardian he said: “Right now I’m really enjoying the moment of being at such a big club like Spurs. In the beginning, it wasn’t so easy for me.
“I was coming to a new league, a new language, a new culture, and then I got injured shortly after arriving. But right now I couldn’t feel better.”
The midfielder was well versed with the club’s historical associations with Argentinean players and expressed his desire to continue the tradition.
He added: “There have been many Argentinians in the past at Tottenham and they have left a great imprint on the club here.
“The fans still talk about [Ossie] Ardiles and [Ricky] Villa and, of course, Mauricio Pochettino carried that on for so many years. Now it’s up to us to continue this tradition.”
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The one thing that has been clear with Lo Celso from day one is that he has the right attitude and is willing to keep his head down and work hard. In stark contrast, for all his talent, Ndombele looks like he is lacking in desire to get fit and make an impact. I am confident that his attitude will make him Lo Celso successful under Mourinho.
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