Tottenham fans’ hope of seeing two new signings in action anytime soon have been dashed as Mauricio Pochettino has suggested they are a “long way off” the levels required.
The Spurs boss is referring to Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso, both of whom are still getting used to the standards set by the club in terms of fitness and perhaps playing style.
Unlike Sessegnon, Lo Celso does at least have some minutes under his belt having featured in three league games – if only for a combined total of 44 minutes – before injury has ruled him out in the last few weeks.
Many supporters are unhappy with the news and have aimed criticism at both the club’s transfer strategy and Pochettino’s demands, with some pointing out that other clubs don’t have the same problem, using Rodri’s immediate integration at Manchester City as an example.
To make matters worse, it’s not as if results on the pitch are making up for their absence, leading to frustrated reactions such as the ones below.
Does he specifically mean in terms of fitness? Otherwise I find that very hard to believe after watching the Bayern and Brighton games….
— JC (@JCarroll1987) October 17, 2019
The Lo Celso loan could go down in history…..goes back to host club without ever starting a game! ?
— Steve Elsom (@steveelsom1) October 17, 2019
The good news just keeps on flooding in
— Carter (@darren00carter) October 17, 2019
Are we the only club who has to condition players like this, maybe we should sign players 2 seasons in advance so that they can play
— Muhammad Choonara (@muhammad_c) October 17, 2019
So that will be the end of the season when we will see them!!!!
— Darren (@mackyd78) October 17, 2019
— An Engineer (@paulgrain99) October 17, 2019
So basically we signed one player in the summer! Absolute waste of time we are aren’t we! Appalling recruitment again
— Nick Homewood (@Nickyh_yiddo) October 17, 2019
I don’t get it! If they are back training then they can’t be that far off! We need them he needs them
— PP (@paulpoly1) October 17, 2019
Course they are ? If pochettino can put a negative spin on something he will. Was sessengnon mauled by a shark or did he have a hamstring injury ?
— A.Young (@beattie2028) October 17, 2019