This article is part of Football FanCast’s Injury News series, which considers the impact of the latest updates on players’ fitness.
New signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon have returned to full training but it may be some time until fans get to see them in action.
There was a lot of excitement surrounding Spurs’ transfer activity over the summer but Tanguy Ndombele is the only new arrival to have featured regularly so far.
Sessegnon is yet to make his debut and Lo Celso has played only 44 minutes, and although they have now overcome their injury issues Mauricio Pochettino has stated that they are some way off the level required.
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As a result, they have a lot of work to do on the training pitch to prove their fitness and show the Argentine that they are capable of following his instructions on a consistent basis across 90 minutes.
The news has been met with frustration by some supporters but it could be the best strategy to take, as it takes into consideration the long-term as well as preventing the possibility of errors from the pair if they are drafted in too soon.
It is no surprise that Pochettino has taken this approach to his new players, as history indicates he often takes time to bed in new arrivals, in order to make sure they’re used to his style of play and what is expected of them.
He did just that with Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko, who started 13 and eight Premier League games respectively in their first season at the club. Both have proved a success in North London, with the latter being named Legends’ Player of the Year for 2018/19, and Son having scored 70 goals and made 39 assists for the club.
The same could success could be in store for Sessegnon and Lo Celso.
Both are young players who have impressed at their former clubs – hence why Spurs signed them – and the better prepared they are before playing, the better they should perform when they do get the opportunity to start.
Tottenham may be on a bad run of form but the Argentine has proved time and again that he knows how to manage and get the best out of players, as well as helping them to improve, and therefore fans need not be concerned that the new additions haven’t yet got their chance.