After a slow start in the Premier League following his move to Tottenham on a season-long loan from Real Betis, Giovani Lo Celso has made himself a key component of the team José Mourinho is rebuilding. His importance was highlighted in January 2020 when Spurs triggered their option to make Lo Celso’s move permanent, with Mourinho under no illusions as to his increasing importance following Christian Eriksen’s departure to Inter Milan.
“When I arrived, Lo Celso was not playing,” Mourinho said. “I didn’t believe in him or understand him immediately. Three or four months later, Giovani is phenomenal. I can imagine that if I came in July, I would again be in a grey area with Giovani. No. Next season I know exactly what Giovani can give.”