Poch adopting cautious approach with Lo Celso
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Giovani Lo Celso is not yet ready to feature regularly and he will not be rushed into action.
Argentina international Lo Celso was heavily linked with a move to Spurs throughout the summer, but it wasn’t until deadline day that he completed a season-long loan switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while the deal also contains an option to make the transfer permanent.
Lo Celso did not feature in Spurs’ opening match of the new season against Aston Villa, while his debut for the club against Manchester City last weekend was only a brief one, as he came on for the final five minutes.
Spurs supporters may have been hoping that they would get the first glimpse of their newest recruit in the starting line-up during Sunday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, but Poch appears to have poured cold water on those hopes.
Indeed, the Argentine coach has suggested that it will be some time before supporters are likely to see Lo Celso feature in the starting XI, as he is still working his way back to full fitness after a disrupted pre-season that was delayed from the off due to his involvement in the Copa America.
“I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said.
“He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much. Then signed for us after a week without training.
“He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time. He was involved [on Saturday] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won’t expect too much from him.”
Pochettino has also been commenting on the recent speculation linking out-of-favour midfielder Victor Wanyama with a move to Belgian giants Club Brugge.
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Wanyama is yet to feature in the Premier League this season and Pochettino admits he does not know what the future holds for the Kenya international.
“I don’t know,” the former Southampton boss explained. “To be honest I can’t say something that will or won’t happen.
“Football is not about yesterday. It’s about today and you need to show every day. Victor was injured and others stepped up.
“We are not a charity, not in this case about Victor, but we have a lot of options to play different players and sometimes players are lucky, some are unlucky.”