Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told Football London that he expects Giovani Lo Celso to become a good player for the club.
The Portuguese manager does admit that the on-loan Real Betis man will need time to adapt to the demands of English football.
Lo Celso has featured twice under Mourinho and 10 times in total since arriving during the summer.
It’s fair to say he perhaps hasn’t had the desired impact on the first-team just yet. He has spent a considerable amount of time injured and he now needs to kick on.
Mourinho isn’t concerned about his ability but has conceded that he will need time.
He told Football London: “Giovani is in Europe for a few years, but France with PSG and then Spain, it’s completely different football in England.
“A young guy like Giovani needs time to adapt to the Premier League. We know the good player he is, give him time to develop and we think he is going to be a good player for us.”
If Spurs qualify for the Champions League this season the deal to sign the attacking midfielder becomes mandatory.
Should Tottenham fail in their quest to win a place among Europe’s elite then the £40m fee becomes an optional clause (The Sun).
Lo Celso has 22 Argentina caps to his name so can clearly play. In winning those caps he has scored twice for the national team.
Last season the fleet-footed performer was on fire in Spain. He scored 16 goals and registered six assists
Given the numbers being touted around for Lo Celso, it seems certain that Tottenham fans will become expectant.
Once he is completely over his injury concerns he will be expected to start producing on a regular basis.
Mourinho looks to be slowly blending him into his team. It also sounds as though he fancies him as a decent player which can only bode well for the Argentine.