Opinion: How Giovani Lo Celso can save Tottenham’s season

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Giovani Lo Celso
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Spurs’ season took a dramatic turn for the worse within the last week. The defeat against Arsenal and the capitulation against Dinamo Zagreb ruined multiple chances of success.

After the 2-0 win against Villa, Spurs sit three points off the top four in sixth place. The possibility of a Champions League spot is still very possible, however, the players must step up for this to happen.

This includes Lo Celso, who I believe can help to save the Lilywhites’ season after returning from injury this past week.

Giovani Lo Celso joined permanently at the end of the winter transfer window of 2020. Throughout his time at the club, the Argentine has shown moments of magic with seven goals and four assists from 58 games (Transfermarkt). 

For an attacking midfielder, these numbers aren’t particularly impressive, however, anyone that watched Spurs last season, realises just how good the Argentine is.  

When Kane was injured last season, Lo Celso stepped up and was always a part of our attacking threat within games. His assist away to Southampton in the FA Cup really personified his true abilities. 

He has the ability and mentality to drive forward, pick a perfect pass and create chances. However, the question is, how can Lo Celso help save us now? 

Throughout this season, Spurs have consistently struggled with attacking creativity. Dele Alli has been poor this year and seems to be unable to regain his form.

Tanguy Ndombele may have been fantastic but he now works much better as a deep-lying playmaker and cannot do it all by himself. This is why Lo Celso could be key. 

Having Lo Celso in a midfield consisting of HojbergNdombele and himself could prove vital. Hojbjerg can anchor the defence and midfield perfectly which allows the other two to roam back and forth.

With so many players underperforming, Lo Celso should be given a consistent run of games to show his skill and to help us challenge for the top four.  

This season, Lo Celso has created two big chances in his 12 premier league appearances whilst also averaging 21 passes a game (Premier League).

This shows the threat he can have within the game which cannot be passed up on. However, Lo Celso has also made 14 tackles this season with a success rate of 79% (Premier League).

This means he has averaged over a tackle a game, which isn’t too bad considering he is an attacking midfielder.  

Personally, I believe that Lo Celso is far superior to Dele Alli. Even though I love Dele, I am beginning to think that it may be time he is sold. He has been given several opportunities this season and hasn’t taken them fully.

His performances have worsened year on year, so there is no guarantee he will ever regain form. They may be the same age at 24; however, I believe that Lo Celso has more potential to grow. 

Giovani Lo Celso could be part of the key to save this disappointing season. His creativity, his passing and work rate could be vital for us. 

I really hope that we can save this season with a top four finish and the Carabao Cup trophy and honestly believe that Lo Celso would be at the forefront of either.

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