Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he’s thrilled by the progress of Giovani Lo Celso and expects him to sign permanently in the future.
Spurs signed the attacking midfielder in the summer on loan from Real Betis, with the deal including an option to buy (BBC).
The 23-year-old has been slowly integrated into the first-team during his first taste of English football and played 17 matches across all competitions.
He completed 90 minutes for just the second time this season during the midweek FA Cup win over Middlesbrough and he scored his second goal in that too.
The Argentine playmaker is beginning to make his mark more regularly for the North London club and Mourinho has explained he’s impressed him, as well as commenting on his future.
“He was [tired after Boro], 90 minutes incredible work. Raising his levels in terms of intensity of the game and work with and without the ball. Incredible. Amazing kid. Quiet. Waiting for his opportunities. Opportunities are coming step by step,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
“I am very, very happy with him, but yesterday he was tired and that is normal, but I cannot give him a rest.
“I imagine yes [we sill sign him permanently], I think it is something that comes from the summer. I think Giovani is going to stay with us.”
Lo Celso arrived at Spurs with a reputation as a goalscoring midfielder that can make a real influence and there are small signs of that in recent weeks.
The left-footed star is definitely someone that the supporters have got behind and he’s beginning to get more frequent opportunities to make the difference on the pitch.
With Christian Eriksen’s deal expiring in the summer and his future heavily speculated about, there should be a gap in the team for Lo Celso to emerge if he can find his best form.