Tottenham journalist Ricky Sacks has highlighted the importance of midfielder Giovani Lo Celso to the team following the north London club’s 3-2 win away at Aston Villa.
The 23-year-old had to settle for a role on the bench before being brought on as a second-half substitute, but Sacks has no doubt that he is a crucial player for manager Jose Mourinho and has a huge part to play in Spurs’ season.
Speaking on the LastWordOnSpurs podcast, he said: “I think those two [Tanguy Ndombele and Lo Celso] you feel if we can get them both fully fit, they are such a pivotal part of Jose Mourinho’s first team at Spurs.”
Do Tottenham look better with Giovani Lo Celso in the side?
You only have to look at Tottenham’s first FA Cup fourth round game against Southampton to see where Sacks is coming from. Lo Celso was excellent on the day as Mourinho’s men went on to draw 1-1 before winning the replay.
The Argentina international completed all four of his dribbles, more than any other Spurs player, and won six tackles — the most during the encounter (per WhoScored). Last season, he averaged two dribbles per league game for Real Betis, an average only Lucas Moura (2.6) bettered in Spurs’ squad, so it is not hard to see what he can bring to the side.
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