Alan Shearer believes Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici has pulled off a masterstroke with the addition of Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski.
Kulusevski has been an instant hit after making the switch from Juventus in the January transfer window. It did not take the 21-year-old long to endear himself to the Spurs fans with his first goal in the 3-2 win over Manchester City. He backed that up with another in the 4-0 rout at Leeds at the weekend to leave Shearer excited.
Spurs left it late to land the Bianconeri starlet on the final day of the window.
But Shearer says better late than never and has praised Paratici for landing a gem. The Newcastle legend was that impressed he named the young Swede in his team of the week.
“Another goal and another very good all-round performance by the Swede, who looks an inspired loan signing,” the pundit revealed.
Kulusevski arrives on an 18-month loan deal but Spurs do have the option to make it permanent. And on the evidence so far that will be a formality.
The Swedish international has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. Antonio Conte knew the winger would suit his style of play. That is why he tried to sign him when in charge of Inter.
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Indeed it was Paratici, then at Juve, who blocked that move and now everyone can see why. Conte knows he can develop Kulusevski even more and the future looks a bright one.
Kulusevski was not the only player to figure in Shearer’s team of the week. Harry Kane also made it thanks to his goal and an assist for Son Heung-min at Elland Road.
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“A well-taken goal and another sublime pass to assist Son Heung-min and set the record for Premier League goal combinations,” Alan Shearer told the Premier League’s website.
Tottenham were badly in need of three points following the 1-0 defeat at Burnley in midweek and Shearer was also impressed with the way Conte got a reaction from his players.
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Take out the win over Manchester City and it had been a rough few weeks for Spurs. Defeats against the Clarets, Wolves and Southampton had them down in the dumps but they responded in style.
There were rumblings Conte’s time could be up. But the 4-0 win took Tottenham to seventh on the table, five points behind Manchester United in fourth, with two games in hand.
The crucial three points and the manner of the performance was not lost of Shearer who named the Italian his manager of the week.
“He led Spurs to a much-needed win and in some style to boost their hopes of a top-four finish,” Shearer said.