£70k-a-week star ‘would have shone’ under Pochettino at Hotspur Way

Tottenham man Giovani Lo Celso would have performed better under Mauricio Pochettino than any of his successors, according to South American specialist Tim Vickery.

Pochettino was sacked less than three months after Lo Celso arrived in north London and Vickery reckons his Spurs career could have been different under the popular Argentine manager.

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Along with Tanguy Ndombele, Lo Celso was one of two big-money signings in the summer of 2019, just months after Tottenham reached the Champions League final.

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His arrival close to the transfer deadline meant he missed the whole of pre-season and wouldn’t make his Spurs debut until the start of November following a hip injury.

Lo Celso enjoyed a run in the side following Pochettino’s departure and arguably played his best football in a Tottenham shirt during the early few months of 2020, stepping up in the absence of Heung Min Son and Harry Kane.

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But the £70,000 per-week ace wasn’t able to kick on and after an underwhelming 18 months followed; he was loaned out to Villarreal last January before returning to the Spanish outfit on a season-loan loan in the summer.

What did Vickery say about Lo Celso?

When asked why Lo Celso struggled in north London, he told GIVEMESPORT: “I think a number of things went wrong for him at Tottenham. It was one of those deals where Tottenham were playing poker and didn’t buy him until the last day of the window.

“Had they had him all through pre-season it would have been so much easier for him to bed in and then Pochettino goes, and I think he would have worked better with Pochettino than with any of the subsequent models.”

How did Lo Celso perform at Tottenham?

A brief spell at the beginning of 2020 aside, Lo Celso’s Spurs career was forgetful.

He not only suffered with injuries, missing more than 40 games in two-and-a-half years, but his form when he was on the pitch wasn’t exactly inspiring.

Prior to moving to Villarreal, Lo Celso turned out 84 times in all competitions, registering just eight goals and six assists.

But his record in the Premier League was even worse, with just one goal, albeit against Manchester City, and three assists in 55 games.

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