Paul Robinson is ‘surprised’ Tottenham caretaker manager Ryan Mason selected Giovani Lo Celso to play in an advanced midfield role in the League Cup final.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane favourite claimed the 25-year-old should have been utilised as part of a flat midfield three against Manchester City.
Lo Celso endured a difficult afternoon on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola’s side won their fourth consecutive League Cup with a 1-0 win over Spurs.
The Argentine midfielder had little to no influence on proceedings at Wembley and touched the ball just 27 touches – his goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had double as many (54). (Sofascore)
Robinson suggested Lo Celso, who was signed by Mauricio Pochettino in August 2019, has endured a dip in form because of recently dismissed manager Jose Mourinho.
“I was surprised when I saw the team and Lo Celso was playing in an advanced role,” he told Football Insider. “He’s far better in a deeper position for me.
“I think they should have matched City up and gone for a 4-3-3 with Lo Celso deeper alongside Hojbjerg and Winks.
“I am a big fan of Lo Celso but he was another that did not have an easy time under Jose. He has been in and out of the team so I think he will benefit from the change in management.
“Someone else will give him fresh perspective and a new lease of life.
“He has it in his locker to play higher up the field and more defensive but I think he needs to be given one or the other.”