Ossie Ardilles has today revealed his admiration for Spurs star Giovani Lo Celso, as the 23-year-old continues to find his feet in the English capital.
Following a lengthy saga, Argentinian international Lo Celso finally joined Spurs from Real Betis on transfer deadline day last August.
The midfielder put pen-to-paper on a season-long loan deal in north London, with the Lilywhites having also secured an option to buy.
And, on the back of a difficult start to life in the colours of Tottenham, Lo Celso has since gone on to prove exactly why those in charge at the club had pushed so hard for his signature.
The last couple of months in particular have seen the South American regularly dazzle at the heart of Jose Mourinho’s midfield, showcasing a complete repertoire of touch, technique, vision, dribbling and even bite in the tackle.
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As such, it came as little surprise when the Londoners opted to make Lo Celso’s arrival a permanent one in January.
‘A very, very good player’
And, as outlined above, one of Tottenham’s former midfield stars has today moved to lavish praise on the club’s latest midfield recruit.
Speaking in an interview with Spurs’ official website, Ossie Ardilles, who lined out for the Lilywhites from 1978 to 1988, first highlighted Lo Celso’s impressive versatility:
‘He can play in a number of positions in midfield, sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left, he uses his left foot more but he’s very comfortable on the right as well. So basically, he can play in any position in midfield.’
‘In fact, he can play the holding, defensive midfield position as well, he already has done this season.’
And the Argentine then went on to reveal why he feels as though his fellow countryman’s football brain sets him apart from players of similar technical ability:
‘If he has space, he’ll attack it immediately and that produces space for other players.’
‘He’s very skilful… look, everyone is skilful, but what makes you different is what is in your head. And even though he’s very young, I don’t want to say he has an older head, but he has a more experienced head on his shoulders.’
‘He’s a very, very good player and he can go from strength to strength.’