Player Watch: Giovani Lo Celso

spursfan77

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So I bought the new 442 magazine with the big Mourinho piece in it. Quite interesting what he's done with Lo Celso and it is similar with how he treated Vitor Baia his goalie at Porto, he was dropped from the team (in GLC's case not picked) and didn't play for a month. Mourinho did it to show who was boss and an attempt to get performances out of his squad. I reckon he has done the same with Lo Celso here and has been rewarded with the improvement and performances we have seen. Maybe it is because I just read the article yesterday, but this quote from Mourinho today is pretty similar to what happened. Don't forget, there is meaning behind everything Mourinho says and does.

You said you prefer a sitting player and a passer in your midfield duo. Is Lo Celso making a play for the passing role?

First of all he showed an incredible personality because clearly, and I am not going to deny it because it is easy to understand it, when he arrived I didn't give him a big opportunity to play two or three matches in a row. He had to be strong mentally to cope with that. When a new manager comes to the club and doesn't give you immediately chances I think maybe he feels, 'Wow, he is not in love with me, he is not as in love with me as other players'.
 

danielneeds

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I was enjoying him deeper, but maybe we’ve got to push him up into the hole - he did score 20 goals for Betis last year playing that role. Dele as the false 9, Gio just behind, and Bergwijn and Lucas on the flanks.
 

JakeCOYS

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I think if Tanguy comes back in, Gio pushes further up and Dele plays as a False 9 with Lucas and Bergwijn either side, we should be able to cope... just about.
 

dagraham

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Every time one of the player threads gets bumped now I immediately think they’ve broken both their legs.
 

Ghost Hardware

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Yes Gio can play as an 8 but really I want him a little further up the pitch, especially at the moment without Kane. Aside from that, he's our best fit player at the moment.
 

popstar7

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You can see the confidence building. Free kicks, corners, always showing for a pass, building play. He's going to be running the show soon enough.
 

dtxspurs

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Yes Gio can play as an 8 but really I want him a little further up the pitch, especially at the moment without Kane. Aside from that, he's our best fit player at the moment.
I wasn't able to watch Modric here at Spurs but he really feels like that sort of player. Incredible talent.
 

Tucker

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He was superb tonight. Just a shame we have so many injuries and holes in our squad right now. On another day that would have been a match winning performance.
 

Matty miller

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Out of our current available players he is the only one that doesn’t have any big faults. He’s gonna be massive for us.
 

SE Spurs

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Really looks to have settled now.
Looks really confident and strong on the ball, can see a pass, and has a deceptive turn of pace. He'll miss Kane more than any on the pitch. I think those two may link up superbly, now he's more comfortable and confident in the side.
 

slartibartfast

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I love the way him , Ndombele, Bergwijn and Fernandes all look to go forward at every opportunity. If they can change direction and surge forward then they do. No safety first crab football from these chaps.
Just need to shore that attack up with a bit of physically defensive types.
Imagine Wanyama, Sandro, Palacious type allowing that lot to run riot.
 
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