6 key passes: Tottenham player does well in first start under Conte
Giovani Lo Celso may have been one of the only Tottenham Hotspur starters to emerge from Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Morecambe with any credit as Antonio Conte’s men narrowly squeezed their way into the fourth round.
Three goals in the final 16 minutes saw Spurs across the line. It was a day when a number of players missed an opportunity to send a message to Conte.
The likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli struggled. And it has since been reported by The Athletic that Ndombele is now hopeful of leaving.
But there were some shining lights. And Lo Celso was potentially one of them – albeit against League One opposition.
The 25-year-old was actually making his first start for Tottenham under Conte. He has only recently returned after several weeks out with injury.
And, while it was not a perfect performance by any means, Lo Celso showed why he could have a more important role to play for Tottenham in the second-half of the campaign.
Lo Celso leads the way for key passes and tackles in Tottenham win
Lo Celso completed 52 accurate passes, according to Whoscored. Admittedly, that was dwarfed by the century brought up by Harry Winks.
But Lo Celso also managed six key passes. That tally was double what the next most prolific player on the pitch, Ryan Sessegnon, managed.
And Lo Celso also demonstrated the other side of his game. His tally of four tackles won was twice as good as his next teammate, Joe Rodon.
There is definitely scope for a creative midfielder to stamp their authority on a position in the side. The likes of Ndombele and Dele have not taken the chances that have come their way.
Lo Celso has a lot more to prove before he silences his critics. Eight goals and six assists in 82 games for Spurs is not good enough.
But for a first start under Conte, Lo Celso certainly produced some hugely impressive numbers.