By James Forster
The 2019/20 season wasn’t the smoothest for Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
Brought in at the end of the English transfer window, the 24-year-old not only had to acclimatise to life in England’s capital but was also tasked with proving himself to two top-class managers (first in compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, and subsequently Jose Mourinho).
There was also a fanbase hungry for more after reaching the Champions League final and while Spurs were unable to kick on from that agonising defeat to Liverpool, Lo Celso’s tenacity and drive has endeared himself to the Tottenham faithful. Supporters appreciative of his work-rate, eye for a pass and attitude that underpins his on field persona.
When Mourinho was first appointed after the sacking of Pochettino, many doubted that he would persevere with Lo Celso and that he wasn’t his kind of player, and, after the first couple of games under the Portugese manager, it seemed that those predictions would come true.
However, Lo Celso’s before mentioned tenacious attitude has won Mourinho over, who spoke just recently to the British press that he wouldn’t swap Giovani for any player: high praise from a manager who is not afraid to criticise his player’s shortcomings (just look at Tanguy Ndombele).
Otra temporada que se termina . Gracias por el apoyo a los de siempre ! Ahora a descansar y volver más fuerte para lo que viene 👊🏼 Thank you all for supporting us as always! Let’s rest now and come back stronger for the next season! 👊🏼 #COYS pic.twitter.com/gvuqV1hAO1
— Giovani Lo Celso (@LoCelsoGiovani) July 26, 2020