Tottenham Hotspur needed to upgrade their attack to rely less on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. So the north London club decided that they’d add more depth to their offense during the January transfer window.
In the final hours of the January 31st deadline day, Spurs landed Dejan Kulusevski on a loan deal from Juventus. The 21-year-old has impressed thus far, scoring two goals and registering four assists in 10 appearances for the Premier League side.
Kulusevski spoke with The Guardian, where he shared his emotions on not playing much with Juventus for the first six months of the 2021-22 season before his move to Tottenham.
“It was hard,” Kulusevski says. “You really have to be strong when things are not going the way you think they should be going and there are things you can’t control. It’s very frustrating when you love something and you cannot show it. I knew I needed a change.”
Kulusevski has been energized by the confidence that the Spurs manager, Antonio Conte, has put in him. The Italian tactician has placed the Sweden international as the right-sided No. 10 in his 3-4-2-1 system.
“It’s especially the coach and the staff who are helping me a lot, letting me make mistakes and be me, letting me play without pressure,” Kulusevski says. “When you are good in your mind, you usually play good football.
“About my best position, it’s hard to say because football is evolving and I am a guy who cannot stand still and I want to move in big, big spaces. The coach has helped me a lot because I really find my space right now. I like where I’m playing and every game I have had chances to score.”
Transfer window specialist Fabrizio Romano stated that Tottenham is more than happy with Kulusevski as they’ll have to make a decision on his future and whether they want to exercise the option clause to purchase the winger.