When Tottenham announced the deadline day signings of Giovani Lo Celso (loan) and Ryan Sessegnon, they were getting their hands on two highly-rated players in the footballing world. With talk of Christian Eriksen supposedly wanting to leave the club (at the time), it was easy to think that Lo Celso’s signing couldn’t have come at a better period.
The 23-year-old was expected to fill the Christian Eriksen void (if/when) the Danish international leaves the club. Four months later and the Lo Celso story has not followed the script. In fact, he could be on his way out of the club after growing unhappy at lack of game time as reported by Marca.
If Giovani Lo Celso does want to leave Tottenham in December then Spurs shouldn’t stand in his way. He’s talented, but far from irreplaceable.
When Tottenham clinched the deal to sign Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis it appeared that he was going to ultimately take over as the club’s starting No. 10 as earlier said. Now that Dele Alli has seized that role under new manager Jose Mourinho, it’s easy to see how the talented Argentine might be surplus to requirements at Spurs.
As such, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the Argentine is considering an early exit from Tottenham in January. He certainly hasn’t gotten as much game time as he envisioned with leaving La Liga. The 23-year-old midfielder has only played 160 minutes in the Premier League to date. That’s a far cry from the prominent role he enjoyed at Real Betis.
In fairness, injury prevented Lo Celso from hitting the ground running under Mauricio Pochettino. Even so, he was tipped for big things by Tottenham’s former manager. Whenever there’s a change in leadership at a club it’s likely some players are going to be forced to move away – Lo Celso could be a casualty of the managerial change at Spurs.
From a talent perspective, it would be a blow for Tottenham. There’s no question that Lo Celso has the ability to be an above-average Premier League midfielder. His best position is playing in a three-man midfield on the left. However, the chances of Mourinho employing that kind of formation are rather slim.
The next best play to deploy Lo Celso would be as a No. 1o. Dele Alli’s recent play in that position eliminates the need for another high-priced option. Dele has asserted himself as Christin Eriksen’s heir in just five games under Mourinho.
His current season tally of five league goals and three assists means he has already equalled his numbers from last season in 16 fewer appearances as per Whoscored. It is becoming increasingly convenient to see just how obvious it is that his best position is located just behind Harry Kane.
That leaves Lo Celso as a man without a real role at Tottenham. There are worse things that can happen to Spurs than him going back to Real Betis in January. That decision would free up a sizable chunk of transfer cash for Mourinho to spend on a player better equipped to impact his starting XI. In particular, Spurs could use that money to solidify their defensive midfield or back line when the January transfer window opens.
No Tottenham fan should be wishing Lo Celso away, but losing him in January would not be catastrophic. The club are in a much different position than they were when he arrived. It’s possible he and Tottenham can find better fits elsewhere. Spurs can benefit from any decision they make regarding the talented Argentine in January.