Real Betis vice-president thinks they've upgraded Tottenham newbie Lo Celso

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham during the Audi cup 2019 final match between Tottenham Hotspur and  Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on July 31, 2019 in Munich, Germany.

Spurs finally brought Giovani Lo Celso to the Premier League but Real Betis have found a fine replacement in La Liga newcomer Nabil Fekir.

Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London, United...

You’d think Real Betis would be missing a player who scored or assisted 22 goals in all competitions last season. Not so, according to vice president Jose Miguel Lopez Catalan.

After just one full season at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, Giovani Lo Celso bid farewell having established himself as one of the most effective goalscoring midfielders anywhere in European football.

Tottenham Hotspur finally, finally got their man after a transfer saga which appeared to last the entirety of the summer, The Sun claiming that the North London giants signed the Argentine on loan with an obligation to buy next summer for £38 million.


But Real Betis are not mourning Lo Celso’s departure. Far from it.

With the La Liga outfit using the £15 million loan fee paid by Spurs to lure Nabil Fekir away from Lyon, Catalan is confident that Betis are stronger now with the French World Cup winner pulling the strings from midfield.

“Last year Betis were renowned for a solid midfield, we've retained the bulk of these players with Fekir taking Lo Celso's place,” he told AS.

“I'd say the French player is at the same level or even better than the Argentine.”

Nabil Fekir of Real Betis celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis Balompie at Camp Nou on August 25, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Tottenham were also linked with Fekir before putting all their eggs in Lo Celso’s basket, via Le Parisien, and the irony of Catalan’s comments will not be lost on fans of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Fekir has scored twice in three La Liga games already, including a brilliant whipped finish against Barcelona. Lo Celso, meanwhile, has been restricted to just 44 minutes of football since arriving in England.

Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01,...

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