Tottenham may have signed a “dud” in new recruit Giovani Lo Celso, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Wayne Veysey, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker claims there’s little chance the Argentine will have the same impact at Spurs as Christian Eriksen, the man he’s seemingly been bought to replace.
Tottenham announced yesterday that Lo Celso, who joined on a loan-to-buy deal in the summer costing an initial £15million, will be sidelined for six weeks with a hip injury sustained on international duty.
Whelan questions whether the Londoners have made a major error in shelling out such a vast loan sum for the attacking midfielder.
“Have Spurs signed a dud? That’s the question,” Whelan told Football Insider. “One thing for sure, I very much doubt he will have the same impact at the club as Christian Eriksen.
“What everyone is thinking is, ‘can he replace Eriksen, is he good enough’? We won’t know for a while, but it seems he’s been brought in as Eriksen’s long-term replacement, as it’s inevitable he’s leaving.
“Tottenham have made a big mistake not tying Eriksen down years ago to a big long-term deal, like they did with Harry Kane. You have to keep hold of players like them. They’re irreplaceable.”
Lo Celso has had just 44 minutes of first-team action for Tottenham, making three substitute appearances since he joined.
He had an impressive record for Real Betis last season, scoring 16 goals and supplying six assists across 45 appearances.