Giovani Lo Celso appears to have finally arrived at Tottenham Hotspur.
The attacking midfielder was handed his first start for the club against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday, and repaid Mauricio Pochettino with a goal on his full debut.
The Argentine international opened the scoring in the 4-0 result, prodding home after the ball had ricocheted around the area.
It was a great moment for the 23-year-old, who frustratingly suffered a hip injury in mid-September whilst on international duty.
That ruled him out for eight matches in total, and he returned for the first game against Red Star for a cameo appearance on October 22.
Lo Celso played 86 minutes in Wednesday’s reverse fixture against Red Star, and impressively massively for Spurs – and he came in for praise during the game former Tottenham midfielder Micky Hazard.
He Tweeted: “Very impressed with Lo Celso work rate top draw.”
TBR’s view – Pochettino must play Lo Celso from here
Lo Celso’s performance deserves a lot of credit.
Although it was comfortable for Tottenham in the end, the Rajko Mitic Stadium is not an easy place to go but Lo Celso wasn’t overawed and staked a strong claim to be a starter for Pochettino going forwards.
The star created chances, but star was full of energy in Serbia and admirably tracked back as often as he could.
With Christian Eriksen so off form at the moment (despite his late strike on Wednesday), Lo Celso simply has to play.