Ange Postecoglou fails to put faith in ‘just’ Giovani Lo Celso as Tottenham injuries mount
Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou will have several decisions to make as the club’s injury concerns mount and one solution could appear in the form of Giovani Lo Celso.
Much was expected of the Argentine ace before he arrived in North London. While Lo Celso has enjoyed moments of pure genius, it has been few and far between, more or less making it an exception rather than the norm.
He largely spent recent seasons out on loan and was heavily linked with an exit earlier this summer. However, he has since stayed put and occupied a largely rotational role, limiting him to a mere 69 minutes of action this season spread across three games in all competitions.
An argument can be made for Lo Celso to play a bigger role in the coming weeks as we deal with injuries. One major player who is ruled out is James Maddison, whose presence and imagination in the number 10 role have been the cornerstone of Postecoglou’s attacking blueprint.
With the English international now out for the next few weeks, the Australian tactician has to come up with alternatives. One such solution is Lo Celso, who excels in the number 10 role and can be seen more or less as a direct swap.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Wolves via football.london, Postecoglou was asked about Lo Celso. He replied that others are also in contention such as Bryan Gil as Tottenham look to keep up their solid start to the season.
“Look, it is not just Gio, it is Bryan Gil, we’ve got to be careful with Bentancur a bit, it is for him, it’s for Skippy, for Eric Dier, for all these guys. That is why they have been training hard. They have been training with us, they haven’t been separate from the group.”
But despite his appearing to sidestep the question and tackle it head on, Postecoglou’s words appear to, in fact, show faith in his reserve players.
As part of the same squad, it is their target to be ready for when an opportunity arises. That has happened now and should they fail to fail it, there will be nobody else to blame. It is fair to say that the likes of Lo Celso certainly have enough reasons to step up and remind the manager of their abilities.
“They’ve worked hard and for all of them it is about being prepared for when the opportunity comes. Fair to say the opportunity comes now for a few of them. It’ s up to them now to take that opportunity.”
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Lo Celso is certainly an excellent player and could do with a purple patch of form. Postscoglou has gotten the best out of several players and we now hope that the 27-year-old Argentine will be the latest to benefit from that guidance.