On a recent episode of the Sky Sports Football podcast, pundit Jamie Redknapp was full of praise for Giovani Lo Celso after his impressive performance in the 2-0 win against West Ham on Tuesday evening.
The Argentinian international picked up a Man of the Match award for his display against the Hammers, with Whoscored giving the 24-year-old a 7.62 rating for his performance in the win. The former Real Betis man has established himself as a regular in Jose Mourinho’s side since signing on a permanent basis in the January transfer window and has now made 21 appearances in the top-flight this season.
The midfielder certainly impressed Redknapp with his performance, with the former Spurs and Liverpool midfielder singing his praises following the game, saying:
“I thought Lo Celso was the best player for Spurs and I still think there is a lot more to come from him. When I think about him at Betis with the goals he scored – he got 15 goals last year, lots of assists. He hasn’t had an assist yet for Tottenham or a goal, that will come, he just needs a bit of time, but you can see that he’s starting to gain confidence all the time.”
It is true that Lo Celso is yet to register a goal or an assist in the Premier League this season, although he was certainly unfortunate not to get at least one assist in the game against West Ham, as his clever pass found Heung-Min Son, but the South Korean’s goal was then ruled out by VAR (per Alasdair Gold). The Argentinian’s corner was also turned in by Tomas Soucek for an own goal which opened the scoring (per Alasdair Gold), but it appears as if the ball brushed past Davinson Sanchez on the way, which denied the Argentinian his first assist.
Do you think there is more to come from Lo Celso?
In terms of his time with Betis, the 24-year-old grabbed nine goals and four assists in his performances in La Liga last season (per Whoscored), so although we haven’t seen as much in terms of goal contributions from the midfielder during his time in the Premier League thus far, his impressive performance on Tuesday night certainly seems to suggest he isn’t far off hitting those sorts of statistics with Spurs.