As Tottenham Hotspur get off to a winning start under interim manager Ryan Mason, seeing off Southampton with a 2-1 victory, correspondent Alasdair Gold had some words of criticism for midfield maestro Giovani Lo Celso (football.london).
Spurs sacked former boss Jose Mourinho on Monday amid the European Super League saga and the search for a new boss in time for next campaign is now beginning.
In the mean time, however, interim manager Mason is tasked with helping Spurs to finish this campaign as strongly as possible – with the Lilywhites still only two points off a possible top four Champions League qualifying place (Premier League).
Gold criticises Lo Celso
Still in the running for Europe, yesterday’s crucial comeback from 1-0 down against the Saints may prove pivotal in Mason’s attempts to salvage something from what has been a strange season.
Danny Ings opened the scoring for the visitors but strikes from Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min clawed a result back for the Lilywhites.
He did have his moments, as Gold explains – highlighted by his fine threaded through ball in the build up to Son’s disallowed Tottenham goal.
Overall, however, he was poor – with SofaScore also giving him the lowest rating out of any Spurs starter yesterday (6.3), and the statistics below show exactly why.
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The former Real Betis ace lost possession of the ball 14 times and Mason will be hoping he can improve on that performance in a crucial few weeks for Tottenham.
As Mason aims for Spurs to be more ‘aggressive‘, Lo Celso returning to his very best like we’ve seen in flashes this season would come as a big boost for the Lilywhites, but his passive, sloppy and frankly near anonymous showing on Wednesday is not what’s required.
The Argentine and Tanguy Ndombele are Spurs’ main creative outlets behind Harry Kane when he is in the team and both men could have a huge part to play – he must improve.
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