Yesterday, we covered news that Tottenham’s summer signing Giovani Lo Celso was a doubt for their clash with Palace this weekend after picking up a knock whilst playing against Chile last weekend but the latest update suggests that he’ll be fine for selection by the time Saturday afternoon arrives.
Given the Real Betis loanee’s substitution early in the second half for Argentina, the “official” stance cast doubt over his involvement at club level in the next week or two but speaking after the game, the man himself made it clear that it was just a heavy in-game blow which shouldn’t be too much of a problem moving forward.
It’s no secret that, for all the success Tottenham have had under Mauricio Pochettino in the last couple of years, they do tend to struggle against sides who travel to face them with a stoic, well-drilled defensive set-up, often relying on a piece of magic from Christian Eriksen to get things moving in front of goal. The arrival of Lo Celso hypothetically eases the burden on the Dane’s shoulders in the final third but with his stay in North London still in its infancy, no one can say for sure how he’ll fare in the Premier League long-term.
Evidentially extremely comfortable in possession, Giovani is capable of picking passes and advancing play in a fashion Pochettino approves of; the real test for him, as if so often the case for players who are new to the league, is getting to grips with the pace and physicality of the game on these shores. For my money, by the time 2020 rolls around, Lo Celso will begin showing his true potential, with flashes of it already in evidence.
Hopefully he doesn’t give too many people a taste of his upper ceiling against Roy Hodgson’s boys this weekend; as much as I like him as a player, the sight of him cutting our back four to shreds is something I could well do without.