It has hardly been a dream start for Giovani Lo Celso at Tottenham since his loan move from Real Betis in the summer transfer window.
The Argentine has played only 14 games and 495 minutes for the Lilywhites, scoring one goal with no assists to his name as of yet. He has also only played 90 minutes once for Tottenham (TransferMarkt).
It has now been widely reported that Spurs have a clause in the loan deal that says they can get Lo Celso for cheaper if they buy him now in January.
Spurs can pick up the attacking midfielder for €32m in January or €40m at the end of the season. However, the loan only becomes a mandatory permanent move in the summer if Spurs qualify for the Champions League, if not it is optional (ABC Sevilla).
The short of it is that if Tottenham want Lo Celso in the long-term, they should take the cheaper price now. If they don’t want him and have changed their mind, they should wait until the summer and send him back to Real Betis if they don’t get Champions League.
In my opinion, Lo Celso has not been given a fair shot as of yet. He suffered from an injury at the start of his Spurs career and has been playing catch up ever since. The change of manager just as he was getting into the swing of things didn’t help either.
While I am not yet convinced by him and do not know whether he will make it in the Premier League, I believe that £27m in January is worth the risk for such a highly-rated player.
Spurs should get the deal done now.
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