Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted new signing Giovani Lo Celso could make his debut for the club against Manchester City on Saturday evening.
The Argentina international was added to the Spurs squad on transfer deadline day, joining the North London outfit initially on loan from Real Betis.
Much is expected of the South American playmaker after a blistering 2018-19 campaign, with Tottenham supporters desperate to get a glimpse of their new man this weekend.
Spurs will have their work cut out to contain City but Pochettino’s men are the last time to defeat the English champions.
Tottenham also knocked Pep Guardiola’s men out of the Champions League last season, with the Manchester club potential keen to exact revenge on Saturday.
Pochettino has stated that he plans to introduce Lo Celso into English football gradually and the new man will not start against City – but he could feature at some point.
“It is the same, we need to assess him,” Football London quote the Tottenham manager as saying.
“A lot of things have happened in his life now. He arrived with no pre-season, of course he is trying to adapt himself, his physical condition, tactically, settle in a new country in a new philosophy and it is not easy.
“I can tell you he won’t be in the starting XI, but if he is going to be involved or not we need to assess today. We need to see how he is and see the balance on the bench.”
Much will depend on the role Christian Eriksen plays, with the Tottenham star being linked with a possible exit from the club before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Lo Celso is being coined in some corners as a possible successor to the Dane at Spurs, which would be big boots to fill.
Tottenham started their 2019-20 season off with a win last weekend, defeating newly promoted Aston Villa 3-1 at home.
However, it took the second-half introduction of Eriksen to turn the game in Spurs’ favour, with many of the travelling support surely hoping the Scandinavian is in the starting XI against City.