Date: 21st July 2019 at 10:00pm
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Back before Mauricio Pochettino made the bold call of signing Lucas Moura in the January 2018 window, it was reported that the Lilywhites could be set to sign Malcom from Bordeaux, The Telegraph. However, Spurs avoided the Brazilian, and going back in for him now would be foolish.

It looks like it could happen, though. The Lilywhites are desperate to sign Giovani Lo Celso by all accounts this season, yet Sport, via Sport Witness, have claimed that Malcom is the man that the club will try for should they fail in their pursuit of the Argentine Real Betis midfielder.

That’s a worrying update on Tottenham’s transfer hunt. Malcom may have shown plenty of promise in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, but at Barcelona, he’s hardly shown the same form, racking up a meagre four goals and two assists in his 24 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in his debut campaign, Transfermarkt.

Now, though, as Barcelona prepare for a new season with Antoine Griezmann and maybe even Neymar in the side, bolstering their attacking options, the already limited opportunities for Malcom will become even more scarce, which is why the Brazilian is searching for a move away.

Mauricio Pochettino may have use for a player of Malcom’s ability, but when you consider the club are after Giovani Lo Celso, a number ten who shone for Betis in all competitions last season, Barcelona’s bit-part Malcom is a poor second-choice in comparison.

Lo Celso’s numbers last season really stood out, in his 46 games he chipped in with 22 combined goals and assists in his 46 games last season, averaging a goal or assist almost once every two games as opposed to Malcom’s once every four games.

The Brazilian Barcelona man still might come good in a side where he can be relied upon consistently, but with Tottenham looking to kick on, bringing him in would be a much riskier move than the one that would see Giovani Lo Celso sign, given how effective the Argentine was last season.

 
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One Reply to “Opinion: Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso alternative is a worrying potential signing”

  • You are not very bright, are you? Throwing stats with zero context..
    1 – Malcom is a winger, not an “alternative to a 10”, “Einstein”.
    2 – Malcom barely played this season. so instead of showing number of games, tell us the number of minutes played..
    3 – Malcom best position is in the right. Messi plays there…In the left he is behind Dembele and Coutinho because Barcelona payed tons of money to get them. Ask any Barca fan if they want Coutinho playing ahead of Malcom.
    4 – If Lo Celso were “playing” for Barca and Malcom playing for Betis, the situation would be exactly the opposite.
    5 – I watched Lo Celso in the Copa America. Good player. Vastly overrated in the moment and would not start for Spurs.. Reading your text i would think you were talking about Riquelme or Fernando Redondo.

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