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Giovani Lo Celso Joins Tottenham from Real Betis on Loan with Option to Buy

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

SEVILLE, SPAIN - APRIL 21: Giovanni Lo Celso of Real Betis celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Valencia CF at Estadio Benito Villamarin on April 21, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the loan signing of midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis.

News the deal had been done came just after the Premier League's summer transfer deadline expired on Thursday:

Tottenham Hotspur @SpursOfficial

It’s time to say #HolaLoCelso! 🇦🇷 @LoCelsoGiovani ✍️ #THFC ⚪️ #COYS https://t.co/Dzo3u9YkG3

Lo Celso will play for Spurs on loan during the 2019-20 campaign, and the Premier League side has an option to make the move permanent. 

The player is Tottenham's second midfield acquisition of the summer, having landed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon earlier in the window.

Spurs have been linked with a number of attacking midfielders in recent weeks, including Sporting CP's Bruno Fernandes. However, they have moved to secure Lo Celso in a transfer that should excite supporters.

Spanish football journalist Andy West said despite links to Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala, Lo Celso's arrival shouldn't be viewed as a consolation by Spurs fans:

Andy West @andywest01

Some Tottenham fans might be disappointed to be in for Coutinho and Dybala but end up with Gio Lo Celso. Shouldn't be. He's the best (most rounded) of the three, and with the most potential to get even better.

The player joined Betis on loan from Paris Saint-Germain last season, and the Andalusian club took up the option to make the transfer permanent this summer. That was after he enjoyed a breakthrough season in Spain.

At PSG, Lo Celso was often used in a deeper position, but he was given more freedom at Betis. He excelled in 2018-19 as a result, joining attacks, getting into the box and making tangible contributions for his team.

Eleven Sports looked at some of his best moments from his solitary year in Spain:

Eleven Sports @ElevenSports_UK

| 👀 | Reports suggest Giovanni Lo Celso is currently undergoing his medical with #THFC… Happy with that bit of business, Spurs fans? 🤔 https://t.co/yM70xZNxZf

Squawka Football noted how important he was to the Betis cause:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Giovani Lo Celso for Real Betis in LaLiga in 2018-19: • Most fouls won (67) • Most take-ons completed (63) • Most goals (9) An exciting package. https://t.co/ARfNqWleJu

It will be interesting to see how Lo Celso is deployed by Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, as they are already blessed with a number of attacking-midfield options.

Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen both like to play in support of the centre-forward, whether that be Harry Kane or Heung-Min Son. Further back in midfield, Spurs now have Ndombele to call on, as well as Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama.

Lo Celso, like a number of players have done already, will seek to push his game on to another level under Pochettino. With his career on an upward trajectory, the 23-year-old has the potential to be one of the most exciting moves made by any team in the Premier League.