Dejan Kulusevski news: Tottenham winger's fantastic start to life in Premier League

The Sweden international has been in stunning for for spurs since joining the club in January, having registered his fifth assist during the 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle United on Sunday.

Tottenham forward Dejan Kulusevski; Credit: Twitter
By Sreejith C R | Apr 4, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Tottenham winger Dejan Kulusevski has made a fantastic start to his life in the Premier League since moving to London from Juventus in the January transfer window. The 21-year-old joined Spurs on deadline day of the winter transfer window after the club failed to sign Luis Diaz and Adama Traore. However, the Sweden international, who was signed on loan deal has been in stunning form, having registered his fifth assist during the 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle United on Sunday.

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The winger wasn’t  the only one to join Spurs from Juve in January as midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur also moved to the London club. Kulusevski joined Spurs on an 18-month loan deal with a EUR 35 million option to buy from the Serie A side while the deal for Bentancur is reportedly worth EUR 19 million over three yearly installments, with a further EUR 6 million in add-ons. 

Kulusevski struggled for game time earlier this season at Juventus therefore he quickly grabbed the opportunity to join Spurs. Tottenham head coach Antonio conte has always been an admirer of the youngster and wanted to sign him when he was at Inter Milan, but that move did not take shape.

However, Kulusevski is now with Conte and he seems to be enjoying his time in England. The winger has already made eight Premier League starts with 758 minutes of playing time under his belt. He has managed to find the back of the net two times and registered five assists in the league.

Conte’s 3-4-3 system is proving to be getting the best out of Kulusevski. The 21-year-old mostly plays down the right flank but also has the freedom to move to centre and to the left wing depending of on the situation. The three-man forward line consisting of Harry Kane, son Heung-min and Kulusevski seems to have developed a very good understanding and are starting to inter-play positions with ease.

Centre-forward Kane often drops deep, creating space for Son and Kulusevski to exploit and they have the pace to get into attacking positions quickly. The third goal Spurs scored against Newcastle on Sunday was a perfect example of that, as Kane dropped deep, collected the ball on the half-way line and quickly released Kulusevski on the right flank, the winger providing a low cross for Son to slot home.

Kulusevski is one for the present and future: Conte

Conte was full of praise for Kulusevski after the Newcastle win, he said “We are talking about a player that I know very well, because he played in Italy. 

“He started to play with Atalanta, then Atalanta brought (sent) him on loan to Parma, and he played in Serie A. And he played in a fantastic way. When I was coach of Inter, I tried to ask him, but then Juventus moved before. Maybe they put more money than us at the time, and then they bought this player.

“We are talking about a player who is only 21 years old. And he has to continue to play this way. Because he’s strong physically, big engine, he’s good technically. I think for Tottenham, this is a great signing for the present and for the future. We are talking about really, really strong.”