Video – Report names six Lo Celso alternatives for Tottenham this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur submitted a £53m bid for Real Betis playmaker, Giovani Lo Celso, last month, but the offer was turned down as it was too far from the player’s £88m buyout clause (BBC).

Sky Sports have since reported that talks have stalled between Spurs and Betis over the valuation of the player.

However, Tottenham News have now suggested six potential alternatives to the Argentine attacking midfielder this summer.

These include: Nabil Fekir, Hakim Ziyech, Jack Grealish, Kai Havertz, Isco, and Donny van de Beek. Which would be your favourite?

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  1. I don’t really think there is an alternative to Lo Celso in terms of how well he plays the creative attacking centre midfield role. I see him as a mix between Modric, Lampard and Iniesta, and I think he’ll suit our system perfectly and will stop us being too defensive in a 343 set up, which always looks the case when we play top teams, purely because all of our midfield options are primarily defensive, combative or ball holding. That being said, number 10s need the ability to move freely and get into spaces, which won’t be possible for Lo Celso if he’s playing a central midfield position in Pochs system, that is why we would need a Ziyech, a Van De Peek or a Rodrigo De Paul in the free moving number 10, but who also represents a goal threat themselves.

    Alli is getting better at intelligent 1 touch football in the slot behind Kane and is getting better at teeing up goals, but having 2 playmakers moving into any attack combining with the goalscoring capabilities of Kane, Son and Alli would be incredible football to watch, incredibly hard to defend against and should yield goals galore. Throw in Lamela when hes fit and we have bags of high energy intelligence.

    Also, in big games, a 3 man midfield of NDombele, Winks and Lo Celso would fear no one, Sissoko as a high energy impact sub would be awesome. I see a Ceballos loan move as purely cover for Winks in the ball holding midfield role as Winks does take a lot of injuries.

    I think `Hakim Ziyech was incredible for Ajax last season, but hes entering his peak years as a playmaker, Van De Beek is not yet at that level but is only 22 and should have loads of improvement ahead. Ajax’ strength last season was the amount of creativity they had on hand through Ziyech, VDB, Tadic and the calming effect of De Jong in midfield, we should strive to be even better. Where the sheer creative force of Eriksen has been undeniable, we should aim to go one better with the correct playmakers for our set up.


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