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Tottenham: Dejan Kulusevski let Conte down v Wolves

Antonio Conte was left frustrated as Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanders in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs found themselves 2-0 down at the break as goals from Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker had the away side flying at half-time.

Captain Hugo Lloris left a lot to be desired from his performance as he appeared to be beaten far too easily for both of the goals. He may look back on those and believe he should have kept them out, which could have given Spurs a better chance of winning the game without Wolves having a healthy lead to enjoy.

Forget Lloris

Whilst the Frenchman may be disappointed with his showing, another player who let Antonio Conte down badly against the Midlands outfit was Dejan Kulusevski.

Did Kulusevski let Conte down?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The Sweden international was brought in the first half for Ryan Sessegnon and struggled to make a positive impact on the game as he was caught out by the physicality of the match.

Off the ball, he was a lightweight. As per SofaScore, he lost a whopping 75% of his duels, as he was beaten in six of his eight individual battles. He won zero tackles and made zero blocks, interceptions or clearances. This shows that he found the strength of the Wolves players difficult to handle, as he lost the majority of his clashes, including both of his aerial duels.

On the ball, the £78k-per-week winger did not make up for his defensive woes. As per SofaScore, he completed 20 passes and gave the ball away 16 times, whilst creating one chance and 50% of his attempted dribbles. This shows that he was unable to bring the attacking quality to make up for his lax defending, which meant that it was a poor showing all-around from the Juventus loanee.

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A truly wasted talent...

Therefore, Conte will be feeling let down by the man he opted to bring on in the first half for Sessegnon to change the shape. Kulusevski played in the number 10 role and did not do enough with the ball at his feet to make up for his lightweight play when out of possession.

It is worth saying that he was thrown on unexpectedly in the 28th minute with Tottenham already losing, which could have made it difficult for him to stamp his mark on the match. That being said, he was brought on to change the game and get Spurs back in it but was unable to do so, which is why the Italian head coach may not be best pleased with the Swedish attacker.

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