Opinion: Should Giovani Lo Celso start against Newcastle this weekend?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur signed Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis late in the summer, with the deal going through on deadline day.

With the late deal combined with Lo Celso’s involvement in the Copa America with Argentina, the midfielder was afforded little pre-season training in preparation for the Premier League switch.

Everyone knows that the Prem is a demanding and physical league and Pochettino is also one to work his players extremely hard.

As a result, I would be very surprised to see Lo Celso in the starting line up just three games into the new season.

He came on for the final ten against Man City, which seems to imply that Poch is gearing him up for a start in the not-so distant future.

However, if it were up to me, I would give him half an hour against Newcastle, a cameo against Arsenal, and then think about starting him beyond that if he is fit and sharp enough.

At the end of the day, it has to come down to the best XI to get the win. Lo Celso can’t start just because he is new and the fans are excited.

He looks like he will be a fantastic player for Spurs, but patience is key I think.

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  1. If Alli is still out, Id be tempted to start Son, Lamela and Lo Celso behind Kane and in front of Ndombele and Winks, with Eriksen, Sissoko and Lucas as impact subs.

  2. If the manager thinks he’s ready to start, he starts. After all, the manager knows his players better than all of us or do you think he otherwise?


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