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Giovani Lo Celso disappoints on return to Spurs’ starting XI

Giovani Lo Celso put in an anonymous showing on his return to the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI after they were well beaten by Chelsea in the London derby on Sunday evening.

In a game of two halves, Spurs once again looked lacklustre in attack as their poor week of form continued in N17.

Nuno Santo’s side stopped the Blues from registering a single shot on target in the first half but after the break, goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger sealed the visitors all three points.

By full-time, Chelsea had registered ten attempts on target, compared to Spurs’ two – only further emphasising their struggles to create chances. They are yet to win by a scoreline better than 1-0 so far this campaign.

The Argentina international, who had been in Croatia all week in a bid to make it back in time for this encounter, was thrown straight in upon his return, and Nuno would have surely been bitterly disappointed in what he received from the 25-year-old.

Both’s Alasdair Gold and the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick were particularly scathing in their review of Lo Celso’s performance.

‘His quality with his delivery was poor on the day and he lost the ball in the build-up to Chelsea’s second goal,’ wrote the former, whilst the latter claimed: ‘Looked rusty in an unfamiliar inside right role and lost the ball for Chelsea’s second goal.’

Plenty of criticism has come Harry Kane’s way but he was not the lowest-rated player, as per SofaScore, and he was responsible for one of their two shots on target, showing that he did what he could with the shocking service he received.

Lo Celso was hooked by the 62nd minute, having failed to register a single dribble from two attempts, meaning that he struggled to bring the ball into the final third, as well as managing to waste three shots, none of which were on target.

He was also very weak in possession, failing to win a single duel throughout the entire game, which suggests that the likes of Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic had the better of him throughout the match.

From 40 touches, the £26m-rated dynamo even lost the ball 11 times – once every 5.6 minutes – whilst Lo Celso did not do much defensively either, as per SofaScore.

Overall, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who earns around £70k-per-week in north London, betrayed Nuno’s faith in him, particularly after defying the club ‘s orders during the international break. The Portuguese head coach may want to think twice before trusting him in upcoming games.

AND in other news, Spurs could find their next Vertonghen in £27m-rated “leader”, won’t cost Levy a penny

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