The Athletic’s Tottenham Hotspur journalist Jack Pitt-Brooke believes that the club’s Player of the Season has been Giovani Lo Celso, per The View From The Lane podcast (February 25th, 33:47).
The Argentina international arrived on loan from Real Betis in the summer, with the move made permanent in the January transfer window at a cost of £27.2m.
Thus far this season, he has made 17 Premier League appearances, with just six of them coming under the management of Mauricio Pochettino and just six top-flight starts in total.
Under Jose Mourinho, he has become a key member of the squad, playing a part in each of their last nine games.
While he has yet to score a goal or register an assist in the top-flight, he has impressed Pitt-Brooke, who picked his Player of the Season thus far.
He said: “I feel like it is Lo Celso even though he played like what two games under Pochettino.”
Chairman Daniel Levy played a blinder with the deal to sign Lo Celso.
Spending just under £30m for a player who is as skilful and silky as the ex-Betis man is astonishing in this inflated market.
He is the kind of player who almost defies statistics and his lack of goals and assists do not give the whole story; he carries the ball brilliantly and glides past players from his position in the centre of midfield.
Mourinho has already expressed his admiration for him, saying before the loss to Chelsea at the weekend – in which Lo Celso was, ironically, lucky not to be sent off – that he was “playing fantastic” and that he had undergone an “incredible evolution”.
Spurs fans will be hoping it continues until the end of the campaign, when he may will win the real Player of the Season award.