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Tottenham Fans Must Give Lo Celso Time – Pochettino


Mauricio PochettinoTottenham coach, Mauricio Pochettino has said Son Heung-min will be prepared to battle Newcastle United after serving a Premier League suspension.

The Argentine also warned fans not to expect too much too soon from Giovani Lo Celso.

Lo Celso recently joined Spurs on loan from Real Betis with a view to a permanent deal.

He featured for five minutes from the bench in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against champions City but Poch has said supporters must be patient with him.

His words, “I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy,”

“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.

“We need to not put the responsibility on him, only to improve and adapt himself with us and see. It’s a natural process to learn and improve. In the moment he will be fit and deserves to play then sure he will have the chance like other players.”

“Unlucky for him that [the ban] was over the holiday,”

“I think he was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas. We are happy in the last few weeks he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session and I hope it’s going to help the team from now.

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“I think it was a good opportunity for him to build his fitness and have a proper pre-season which sometimes when you’re involved in competition is difficult. For him, looking at last season which was really, really complicated for him and difficult and we used that situation and trying to be positive and helping him to get really fit to help him and the team.

“Because the pre-season is so important for every player, but sometimes the priority is holidays and this type of situation with him it was so clear that he was going to be suspended for two games and the plan was to provide him with good quality training to improve in different areas – and when the moment he is available to play to be in the perfect condition.”