Ange Postecoglou sends a message to Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso
From a Tottenham perspective, the situation surrounding Giovani Lo Celso and Ange Postecoglou’s recent comments offers a mix of challenge and opportunity.
Giovani Lo Celso, who joined Spurs on loan from Real Betis in 2019 and made the deal permanent in 2020, has seen a decline in his playing opportunities. His talent, evidenced by his regular inclusion in the Argentina squad and participation in significant matches like the World Cup qualifying win over Brazil, remains clear.
However, his journey at Tottenham has been less straightforward. The 27-year-old midfielder’s only start this season was in a Carabao Cup match against Fulham, after which he was mostly relegated to the bench, making only brief appearances in the Premier League.
This scenario painted a stark contrast to his successful 18-month loan at Villarreal, where he made 51 appearances. Despite links to a move away from North London, Lo Celso stayed at Tottenham, with more than 18 months left on his contract.
The current situation at Spurs, marked by injuries and suspensions to key players like James Maddison and Pape Matar Sarr and a suspension to Yves Bissouma opens a window for Lo Celso.
Postecoglou has emphasized the opportunity at hand, suggesting a clean slate for the midfielder at Tottenham. The manager acknowledged Lo Celso’s disruptive season, marred by injuries and inconsistent playtime, but also highlighted his technical skills and creativity as quoted by the Express.
“Gio will get an opportunity, particularly over the next few weeks because we are down on numbers and have a fair few games between now and the new year. You can see he has certain qualities. He’s had a disruptive season for us. He’s had a few injuries, he hasn’t really had a clean run at it. But you can see technically he’s a very creative player. He works hard for the team. He’ll get an opportunity over the next few weeks to hopefully come in and make an impact.”
Postecoglou’s approach seems to focus on the present and future potential, rather than dwelling on past performances. This philosophy could benefit players like Lo Celso, who are in dire need of a platform to showcase their abilities.
The challenge for Lo Celso is to translate his international form to consistent club performances, especially in a period when Tottenham requires depth and versatility from its squad.
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The absence of Maddison provides a golden opportunity for Lo Celso. It is now or never. Let’s wait and see how the Argentinian performs.