Milinkovic-Savic’s performance at World Cup shows why Tottenham Hotspur need to swoop

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been linked with a move to the Premier League before, and he is likely to again if he performs well at the World Cup in Russia.

The Lazio midfielder made a good start on Sunday as he played a role in Serbia’s 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group E, and his display should have caught the attention of Tottenham Hotspur.

Mauricio Pochettino could potentially be looking to bolster his options in the middle of the park due to the possible departure of Mousa Dembele.

Milinkovic-Savic, who has been heavily linked to Manchester United, predominantly plays in central midfield, but he possesses attacking and defensive qualities meaning that he can push forward or drop back.

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Against Costa Rica, the five-capped international displayed both sets of attributes in what was a positive start to the competition for the Serbians.

Milinkovic-Savic stats v Costa Rica

Throughout the fixture, the midfielder created more key passes than any of his teammates, while Aleksandar Mitrovic was the only player to muster more shots on goal.

Milinkovic-Savic found a way through the defenders more times that any other member of the Serbian team, and he also performed defensive duties by making four clearances.

The midfielder’s overall game would slot into Pochettino’s system, but if he continues to perform well at the World Cup, then there will be competition for his signature.

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