Giovani Lo Celso endured another frustrating display in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt this weekend.
After joining in a £55m deal from Real Betis in the summer of 2019, the Argentinian playmaker is yet to truly hit the ground running in north London.
And his disappointing showing against Chelsea on Sunday will have surely added more cause for concern.
Spurs boss Nuno Santo turned to the 25-year-old in a bid to resolve their recent midfield problems but he was hooked after just 62 minutes, having failed to have much of an impact at all.
In 70 appearances for the Lilywhites, Lo Celso has only provided seven goals and four assists at a rate of one contribution every 359 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
For someone who’s supposed to be helping the side with creativity, it’s hugely underwhelming.
By comparison, Christian Eriksen managed to provide a goal or assist every 159 minutes across 305 appearances – a completely different level and one that you’d expect your second-biggest signing to be at after two years.
He is also yet to average more than one key pass per Premier League game since his arrival, meaning Nuno has had to rely on the likes of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane to create for themselves, having combined for 40 goals and 24 assists last term.
As a result of this, the former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has seen his transfer value plummet at an alarming rate.
Lo Celso’s worth now sits at just £24.3m, as per Transfermarkt, and has been on a rapid decline since chairman Daniel Levy forked out a near club-record for his signature. In fact, in the space of just two years, it has dropped by 55% and that’ll only continue the longer he underperforms.
Once lauded as a “technically gifted” talent by Spurs teammate Harry Winks, Lo Celso just has not lived up to expectations in N17. Levy must be reeling considering his big investment in his signature.
His performance against Chelsea was just another reminder that Spurs could do so much better in that specific role.