Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has praised Tottenham Hotspur trio Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, adding that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the latter score against Arsenal on Sunday.
The Gunners will lock horns with Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Sunday, with both North London teams currently mid-table – Mikel Arteta’s charges are currently eighth in the standings, a point and a place above Jose Mourinho’s men.
While many Gunners fans seem to be pleased with the direction in which Arteta is taking the team, there’s not quite so much positivity within the Spurs fanbase.
Tottenham went to Bournemouth in midweek and failed to muster a single shot on target against their opponents, who in turn were denied a late winner as Callum Wilson’s overhead kick was ruled out by the assistant referee.
Charlie Nicholas previewed the North London derby on Sky Sports and, although he reckons Spurs are “going backwards”, he nonetheless singled out three players for praise.
“This is a team under Jose Mourinho which does not have any identity,” said Nicholas. “It is hard work and they are grafting but it isn’t working.
“Tanguy Ndombele is coming in for bits and pieces, Giovani Lo Celso is nice and neat, and Erik Lamela has lovely ability. Harry Kane is always a goal threat against Arsenal so I would not be surprised if he scored once again.”
Mourinho has a huge job on his hands at present, looking to turn a Spurs side which has deteriorated in recent months and been beset by injuries to key players into one that’ll be playing European football next season.
It’s worth mentioning Ndombele, who wasn’t necessarily praised by Nicholas – more stating a fact about coming on now and again – but has certainly done enough to warrant more game time under Mourinho, with plenty of Spurs fans hoping he’ll start against Arsenal.
Lo Celso’s class is undeniable but he had to be substituted with a knock against the Cherries so it remains to be seen whether he’ll feature, and the jury is still out on Lamela, while Kane, a crucial player for Spurs, will once again have it all to do with little opportunity for rest.