Chris Waddle has said that he is delighted with the upturn in form being enjoyed by Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
Lo Celso joined Spurs in the summer on an initial season-long loan deal from Real Betis, before a clause to make the move permanent was activated by Tottenham in January.
The Argentina international struggled to find his feet upon arriving in North London, with a hip injury halting his progress, but his recent performances, such as in the 2-0 win over Manchester City, were impressive.
Lo Celso’s deal was not the only move Tottenham concluded in January; Steven Bergwijn signed from PSV and capped his debut in the win over City with a goal.
Lo Celso’s stay was made permanent at the same time as Christian Eriksen‘s departure to Inter Milan was confirmed, with Waddle telling the Racing Post that Eriksen’s move played into Lo Celso’s hands.
“Steven Bergwijn couldn’t have enjoyed a more sparkling debut for Tottenham though the player I think who could make even more difference on the run-in is Giovani Lo Celso,” the 59-year-old said.
“The Argentinian star is only 23 and struggled to make much of an impact when he first arrived at Spurs.
“But it seems to me that as soon as he knew Christian Eriksen was on his way he thought this is my chance and he’s blossomed.
“He’s hungry, he’s confident, he looks a real player and 18 months from now Tottenham may well be thinking he was an absolute steal at £30m.
“Bergwijn needs to add consistency to his game. You look at him and you see a player who’s good on the ball, can spot a pass, can go past players and can score goals.
“So you’re immediately wondering why he’s not been snapped up by a bigger club before.
“My sense is that he’ll drift out of games and that might frustrate fans. But if he can sustain his appetite – and with a place in the Holland squad to nail down before the Euros he will certainly be trying – then he’ll be a hit.”
Tottenham return to action on February 16 with a Premier League clash against Aston Villa.
In other Spurs news, some of the club’s first-team stars are reportedly unhappy with boss Jose Mourinho for his comments about Tanguy Ndombele’s fitness.
Ndombele has only managed to play 90 minutes five times since his move in the summer and Mourinho declared the Frenchman unfit to play another 90 minutes until he has fully recovered.
According to The Athletic, certain players have taken issue with the comments.