The Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles urged Jose Mourinho to give Giovani Lo Celso more freedom to express himself on the field, insisting that he can move from “strength to strength” in a more advanced role.
Strength to strength
The Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles urged Jose Mourinho to give Giovani Lo Celso more freedom to express himself on the field, insisting that he can move from “strength to strength” in a more advanced role. Last summer, Lo Celso arrived at Tottenham from Real Betis on an initial loan deal, but after only three appearances for the club, he’s been cut back due to an injury. A thorny issue that remained far from international debt with Argentina kept him from acting until October. Still, since then, he has managed to gain a foothold as a vital member of the Lilywhites squad. Jose Mourinho shone on the 23-year-old striker after he was drawn up in November to replace Mauricio Pochettino at the helm. On January 28, the Spurs decided to make his transition from Betis permanent for £27 million ($31 million).
Giovani is very smart
Over the past few months, Ossie has been impressed by his compatriot’s contribution to the work of his old club, emphasizing the versatility of the midfielder and his intelligence both in and out of possession. “The first thing I would like to say about Lo Celso is that I am very proud of him,” said the Spurs former playmaker on the club’s official website. “Suddenly, when he came here to Interlocutor, he had one of the worst things that could happen to you as a football player, when you first come to a new club, he got injured.” So, he came to a new club in Tottenham, wanted to play, wanted to do well, but could not because of this injury, so it was not the most favorable of the starts.
Lo Celso always knows what to do
“However, he began to play more regularly and, right away, made a run over. He is a very sane player, and he always knows what he is doing, he’s smart, and so on.” Little by little, I must say, Giovani is very well adapted to the pace of the game here. “He can play several positions in the middle of the field, sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left, he uses his left foot more, but he is very comfortable on the right. So basically, he can play at any position in the middle of the field. He can play in a holding, defensive position in the middle of the area, he has already done this season.”
Ossie further expressed the belief that Jose should turn Lo Celso also on the field to get the finest out of him: “For me, his perfect position is he when he has freedom, he can go ahead and attack the players.” If he has space, he will attack him immediately, and this produces space for other players. “He is very skilled … Listen, everyone was able, but what makes you different is what is in your head. And even though he is very young, I don’t want to say that he has an older head, but he has a more skilled chapter on his shoulders. “He is a very, very good player, and he can go from strength to strength.”