Giovani Lo Celso ought to be utilised in a deeper position by Tottenham Hotspur.
The Argentine has only had two proper outings in a Spurs shirt thus far.
He played excellently against Red Star Belgrade, scoring his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win, while making five successful tackles, a higher number than any other player on the pitch.
But against Sheffield United, in a game Spurs drew 1-1, Lo Celso’s effectiveness as a wide midfielder was diminished against a better organised opponent.
Situated on the right side of an attacking trio behind Harry Kane, he had two shots on goal, though neither were on target and attempted 61 passes, with an accuracy of 84%.
Against Red Star, the Argentine won five of his five attempted tackles but against the Blades, he was dribbled past on four occasions and had a tackle success rate of just 33%.
Thus, it makes sense to suggest that Lo Celso should play deeper, in order to maximise the strengths in his game.
Indeed, there could be a perfect opportunity for the 23-year-old to do that against West Ham United after the international break, with Tanguy Ndombele picking up an injury versus the Blades.
Last season, Lo Celso was incredibly effective for Real Betis.
Across 46 games in all competitions, he scored 16 goals and registered six assists.
He primarily played as a central midfielder throughout that period, making 24 appearances there, while also playing 16 times in central attacking midfield. He played on the right wing once.
As it is, he is a square peg being shoved into a round hole – in actuality, Lo Celso is a central midfielder at heart. In that role, he scored eight of his goals last term, while it also gives him the opportunity to win the ball back – we know he can tackle – and then distribute it effectively, instead of being forced to either cut inside or offload it to the nearest player to him.
Last season, per WhoScored, he averaged two shots per game, two dribbles and 0.8 key passes, as well as 1.6 tackles. He got himself involved and enjoyed being in the crux of the action.
For Spurs, although the sample size is admittedly smaller, he has thus far averaged 0.5 shots per game in the Premier League, 0.3 dribbles, 0.7 key passes and 0.7 tackles.
If he is to get back to the way he played in Spain, Spurs need to drop him deeper and let him thrive in his natural role.