Giovani Lo Celso is on the verge of completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the coming hours.

The 23-year-old midfielder would become the club’s record signing, with a £70m fee mooted.

It would surpass the £53.8m that was paid earlier this summer for midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

It’s not quite common stream to see a club break their club record twice in the space of one window; except of course they can’t ignore an appealing signing/addition.

What exactly would the Argentina international bring to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, though?

This statistical analysis covers a comparison between the Argentine and Christian Eriksen (who currently occupies the imminent signing’s preferred position).

Will he be an upgrade to what Pochettino has at the moment or is he simply an investment for the future?

Passing and Playmaking

He made a total of 27 key passes in the 2018/19 season and 18 of them came in the penalty area. A key pass in this metric means a pass leading to a shot. He had just seven outside of the box.

Seven of his goals – he scored nine in La Liga – came in the penalty area, too, with only one coming from outside. One came from inside the six-yard box.

His creative output, though, pales in comparison with the man he could replace: Christian Eriksen.

The Denmark international could boast of double figures in assists made; with his 12 assists compared to the Argentine’s 4 assists.

Although the 23-year-old makes up for that in terms of goals scored. His 14 goals from midfield is superior to Christian Eriksen’s 9 goals.


Although he can play on either wing, Lo Celso has flourished for Betis in a central role during 2018/19.

The 23-year-old, then, is an option that adds something the club do not already have. He is a less technical attacking threat than Eriksen but he does score more goals which is a welcome bonus.

While Eriksen might be a more technically focused player; Lo Celso has combined his mercurial dribbling skills with some quick-thinking and adept passing to turn himself into one of Spain’s most effective playmakers.

He does offer in context, that extra touch to his game that Eriksen doesn’t have.

The Argentine’s versatility would make him a hugely valuable asset to Mauricio Pochettino in what is currently a Spurs side starved of real depth.


Lo Celso will be making a move to one of the emerging elites of Europe and could say his gameplay improve combining with the likes of Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane to mention a few.

At 23, he’s naturally more energetic and athletic than Christian Eriksen.

To that effect, he’s obviously seen as a long-term investment for the club and could well replace the Denmark international; who’s future remains uncertain amid strong interest from Real Madrid.

Added to the fact that he will be playing Champions League football, the 23-year-old would also be working under one of the most in-demand managers in world football and a compatriot in Pochettino.

His big-money move is one that should benefit both parties in due time.


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