Despite having only joined Tottenham Hostpur from Juventus on an initial 18-month loan deal costing £8.3m back in January – with the Premier League side having an obligation to buy the 22-year-old for £29.2m if certain criteria are met – Dejan Kulusevski has already become an integral part of Antonio Conte’s first team squad in north London.
Indeed, over his 18 Premier League appearances last season, the winger made an immediate impact at Spurs, scoring five goals, registering eight assists and creating six big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.4 shots, making 1.4 key passes and completing 1.4 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £110k-per-week talent average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.21, not only ranking him as Tottenham’s fourth-best performer in the league but also as the 25th-best player in the English top flight as a whole last time out.
The 6 foot 1 dynamo, who journalist Raj Chohan claimed is “unreal in transitions” and whose “fit for Conte-ball has been immense“, has also impressed over his six Premier League fixtures in the current campaign, having already bagged one goal, provided two assists and created one big chance, as well as taking an average of 1.3 shots, making 1.8 key passes and completing one dribble per game.
As such, when taking into account the fact that, should Kulusevski go on to meet the criteria that will force Tottenham into splashing £29.2m to make the Sweden international’s loan move a permanent deal, the forward will have set chairman Daniel Levy back just £37.5m – £40.5m less than the 22-year-old’s current market valuation of £78m – it is evident that Paratici really did hit the jackpot when sealing a deal for the attacker last January.
Indeed, it is difficult to argue with Greg Jenner’s claim that the Swede looks to have been “a hell of a bargain” for the north London side, as not only is Kulusevski already one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League, but, at such a young age, he also appears to have the scope for exponential growth in the future – something that will certainly be an incredibly exciting prospect for Conte and Spurs supporters alike.