Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been full of praise for fellow Argentine Giovani Lo Celso despite the fact he is yet to start a game for the club.
Lo Celso has played just 44 minutes for Tottenham (Transfermarkt) but it’s clear that Pochettino feels there’s plenty more to come from the midfielder.
As per Argentine outlet Ole, Pochettino said: “He is an incredible boy, I had talked with Kily Gonzalez about him because he had him in Rosario Central’s reserves. He is a great footballer, he only needs time to adapt.”
The fact that Tottenham took so long to get the deal over the line meant that Lo Celso was robbed of the chance to spend pre-season with his new team-mates and the Copa America in the summer hasn’t helped him in terms of early-season freshness either.
TBR’s View – Tottenham can make a fresh start to the season following the international break
In essence, Tottenham have made a false start to the season. They have had two tricky encounters away from home and escaped unbeaten but blotted their copybook by losing at home to Newcastle.
But Pochettino has been keen to point out how the uncertainty over Christian Eriksen while the foreign transfer window remained open has impacted his side.
And after the international break, Pochettino will hope that Lo Celso, as well as Ryan Sessegnon, can come stronger while Tanguy Ndombele gets over the injury that kept him out of the north London derby.
That means that Tottenham’s season can start in earnest now. The top two already look to be over the horizon but Spurs can push right up behind them in third if they get their act together now. Lo Celso has a big part to play in that.