What do we know about our new recruits

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Dom Le Roy

Giovani Lo Celso was born 9 April 1996. He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. He is currently on loan from Real Betis, but we have an option to buy. He was born in Argentina and is of Italian descent, and holds an Italian passport. He has also played for the Argentine national side.

He is a product of Rosario Central and made his league debut on the 19thJuly 2015 against Vélez Sarsfield in a 0-0 home draw. A very unassuming start to his career, but then again we don’t expect miracles at the first attempt, just ask Gareth Bale. Under a year later he scored his first goal for his club in a 3-0 win over Colon. He scored his second in a 3-2 defeat Vélez Sarsfield on 10 April 2016 (still under a year from first joining the club).

Things were going well for him at his first club, so much so that he was spotted by Paris Saint-Germain, so on the 26thJuly, he joined the French club. He was given a five-year deal, which would have ended in 2021. Paris paid his club £8.5 million for him (The Sun).

He made his debut for the French side on 5 April 2017 in a Coupe de France quarter-final game against US Avranches. Celso replaced Adrien Rabiot in the 63rd minute of a 4–0 away win. He was on his way (and not just to us… eventually!). He also came on and assisted for Dani Alves’ goal in the UEFA Champions League match against Celtic FC to make the scoreline 7–1. He scored his first goal for PSG in a 3–2 Coupe de la Ligue win against Rennes on 30 January 2018. He was suddenly making a name for himself.

On 8 May 2018, he scored as PSG won 2–0 against Les Herbiers VF to clinch the 2017–18 Coupe de France.

On 31 August 2018, he joined La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan with an option to buy. Betis triggered this option on 16 April 2019, and Lo Celso joined the club permanently (but as we know in football, nothing is permanent). During his time at the club, he made 46 appearances in all competitions, scoring 17 goals (talkSPORT). While all this was happening, Tottenham’s scouts had their eye on him. Before you could even say tickle my old goose, he was whizzed off to join us at our great club. So, that is short and long of it all.

But that is not everything… oh, no. Along with purchasing Celso (and Ndombele earlier on in the transfer window… and let us no forget Jack Clarke) we also bought a young Fulham player called Ryan Sessegnon. He is only a tiddler compared to Celso. Sessegnon is a product of Fulham’s youth policy. He joined them in 2008 and learnt his apprenticeship with that club until Spurs snatched the youthful child/man to become one of theirs/ ours. Now he has the opportunity, along with everybody else at the club to win one of those magical trophies that have been talked about, but never in our grasp until now(hopefully!). At the moment he is injured… but soon will show worth!

So, that is the short and curlies of it. As I said, but then again I’ve been saying every season, this season is the season we will get silverware… and trust me, before I die, I will be proven right (trust me, a season will come where we win that silverware, I just hope it is sooner than later… say, this season!). After all, I am a product of Tottenham’s Glory, Glory past, and that included every bit of silverware we could manage to carry.

So here is hoping and seeing.

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In the 90's, I was a writer for many of the top Spurs Fanzines (The Spurs, Spur of the Moment, MEHSTG and many others). A Spurs loyalist since the 60/61 season and now a season ticket holder (Premium). I run a Spurs Facebook page (“Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ voice” and co-run another one with Don Scully called “Tottenham Hotspur FC: Inside Track”). There is also a Spurs Twitter account (@HotspurVoice). I travel with Spurs to away games (including Europe). I have my a Blog (My blogging travels with Tottenham Hotspur Premium). The articles that appear on the blog also appear on SpursWeb and other applications.


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