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Tottenham: Apparent Giovani Lo Celso gamble could backfire

Tottenham: Apparent Giovani Lo Celso gamble could backfire

Quality over quantity? Tottenham apparently turn down the opportunity to sign two stars in favour of making an improved Giovani Lo Celso bid.

According to the Daily Star, Spurs are set to be pushed all the way this summer with Real Betis apparently holding out for the £88.9 million release clause in the Argentina midfielder’s contract. And that means, for better or for worse, they will need to wave goodbye to two other targets.

Sevilla star Pablo Sarabia, who grabbed 23 goals and 17 assists this season, and Julian Draxler, a figure in Paris Saint-Germain’s star-studded side, have reportedly both been offered to Mauricio Pochettino, and while there’s no doubt that their experience at the top level of European football would help, the Argentine has rejected the chance to sign them in favour of the relatively inexperienced Lo Celso of Betis.

Midfield whizz Lo Celso had 16 goals and six assists in all competitions last season, and Betis will be hoping that he will continue his form into Copa America, where he will be playing alongside Lionel Messi, as it could increase his market value this summer (which currently stands at £45 million, according to Transfermarkt).

Is it a brave decision? Well, yes. In all honestly, it is.

Spurs could be without their star man Christian Eriksen next season with the player recently admitting that he wants to pursue new challenges in the game, and with him gone, Spurs will be lacking serious firepower in a midfield that currently consists of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli.

It’s important to consider this lack of attacking impetus because, Lo Celso, if he moves to north London, will be heavily relied upon to spearhead Spurs next term.

Does this relatively unqualified and inexperienced 23-year-old have the ability to do that? Will he provide £88.9 million worth of threat?

Well, according to WhoScored, statistics alone would suggest that Spurs are making a mistake in prioritising the Argentine. Sarabia has provided Sevilla with 12 goals and 13 league assists this season, and while Draxler isn’t much better than Lo Celso in this sense – with three goals and seven assists to his name, compared to Lo Celso’s nine goals and four assists – his passing accuracy trumps both players at 89.8 percent (Sarabia 79.6 percent and Lo Celso 83 percent). In addition, key passes are similarly weighted in both Sarabia’s and Draxler’s favour, who boast an average of 2.1  and 1.3 per game, respectively, while Lo Celso managed just a paltry 0.8.

Spurs fans, do you think this is a gamble worth taking? Who would you rather sign? Let us know in the comments below…

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