Current Tottenham Midfielder Hailed By Former Spurs Player

Monday, January 27th, 2020 1:17pm

By Francis Whiteley

Ex-Spurs midfielder Paul Stewart has singled out Argentinian Giovani Lo Celso and believes he could be a star.

Spurs have had a turbulent campaign to say the least. The departure of Mauricio Pochettino after a five-and-a-half year tenure saw what many would have considered to be his antithesis, José Mourinho, take over the reigns.

The club have slowly moved up the league and now sit in sixth, just six points off arch-rivals Chelsea who occupy the fourth Champions League spot. 

In the midst of all these events, one player has began to stand out for Ex-Tottenham player Paul Stewart: 

"Towards the end of Poch's spell when he played him [Giovani Lo Celso], I thought in a couple of games he looked the real deal. He lacked consistency and he needed to find it but I think he's got all the attributes to be a real, real star at Spurs. 

However Mourinho's back-line has been questioned following their displays against Norwich, Manchester United and Chelsea and Stewart doesn't see the issue improving:

"It's disappointing we can't seem to keep a clean sheet. It must be going through José's mind on how he's going to sure up the defence because that is where our real problem is.

"Southampton, at the end of the day, have done really well in the last few weeks but when you're 1-0 up and you can't sure up that defence, hopefully he's spoken with Mr Levy before the windows up so he can bring someone in at the back who can sure up what is a leaky defence." 

On whether playmaker Christian Eriksen should be retained beyond this window, Stewart was adamant the Dane had to be sold by the North Londoners.

"It's not ideal to have that around the changing room. I know the manager has come out and said he's been professional and his attitude has been great but for a long time he's not looked happy at the club. Does he want to leave? You'd rather it would be done sooner rather than it linger on.

"I hear it might be completed on Monday next week but it was far too long a saga. We needed to get Eriksen moved on and bring who we wanted in our signings and get some momentum going this season.

"We've got a chance of making the Champions League spots if we put a run together. So the season isn't over for Spurs but what concerns me is our inability to keep clean sheets."

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