Tottenham’s No. 1 free agent → Coach’s ‘key’…’glass body’ reversal

His position has changed under the new manager. Giovani Lo Celso, 27, has been labeled as Tottenham Hotspur’s core.

“Tottenham manager Enze Postecoglou has labeled Lo Celso as the team’s core midfielder,” sports specialist CutOffside reported on Wednesday. He considers him more important than other midfield options such as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (27), Rodrigo Bentancur (26) and Tanguy Ndombele (26).”

It’s quite a turnaround for a midfielder who was once considered a non-factor for Tottenham. Lo Celso spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Villarreal in his native Spain after falling out of favor under Antonio Conte. He spent the entirety of the 2022-23 season at Villarreal. He was effectively out of Tottenham’s plans. After Postecoglou’s appointment, Lo Celso proved to be a key resource for Spurs in preseason.

Returning to Tottenham ahead of the 2023-24 season, Lo Celso came on as a substitute at the start of the second half of Spurs’ first preseason game under Postecoglou. Against West Ham United, he started in midfield and proved to be a solid link in the midfield.

In the 14th minute of the second half, he delivered a killer pass. Lo Celso placed the ball precisely at the feet of a penetrating Michy Batshuayi. His shot hit the crossbar, ending the chance.

He even scored. In the 23rd minute, Lo Celso found the back of the net with a left-footed shot between the goalkeeper’s legs from a set piece. Lukasz Fabianski, who had made saves throughout the match, was unable to stop it. Tottenham equalized three minutes later through Destiny Udogie, before the Hammers conceded a late goal to lose 2-3.

He came on as a second-half substitute against Leicester City on Sept. 26. Lo Celso scored Spurs’ fifth goal in stoppage time. It was an impressive performance in two games. 스포츠토토

Postecoglou already sees him as an integral part of Tottenham’s squad, and according to Cut Offside, Italian Serie A champions Napoli are keen to sign him. Postecoglou wants to keep him at Spurs.

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