Dejan Kulusevski has revealed labelled himself ‘the biggest idiot’ for failing to help Tottenham teammate Son Heung-min win the Premier League’s Golden Boot outright.
Spurs went into the final game of the season knowing a win at Norwich would secure them Champions League football for the upcoming campaign, while Son was in a battle with Liverpool’s Mo Salah for the league’s top scorer award.
The game was virtually done as Antonio Conte’s men found themselves 2-0 up just after the half-hour mark. That meant the focus turned the South Korean and his bid to top the goal charts.
After Tim Krul had given Harry Kane a tap-in, the Dutchman then produced a great stop to deny the England skipper before Kulusevski found himself clear on goal and with the option to score himself or tee-up Son.
And speaking to the DÅ ÄR VI IGÅNG podcast, he said: “Two minutes before the goal there was a weird situation, I was free with the goalkeeper and a lot of things went down.
“A guy tackled me, I’m alone with the keeper, I was thinking ‘should I lay down, he’s going to get sent off’.
“But I was like ‘No I have to score of course’ so their keeper comes out and then he hesitates so I realise that I’m going to get there first.
“So I run past him, I have an empty goal in front of me. I was like ‘Man, this is awkward’. I don’t really like having an open goal.
“Because you have too much time to think?” asked the interviewer. “Exactly!” replied the Swede.
“And the fans are right next to me they are shouting ‘Gimme, Gimme’ right next to me.
Kulusevski left in two minds
“I’m like ‘take a deep breath, take your time Dejan you have an empty goal’. I’m staring at it, you know, it’s definitely empty. But I take one more touch, then I think ‘now maybe it’s finally time to shoot’.
“But then I see Son, I see my teammate Son, he’s like ‘pass me the ball’ he needs one more goal to win the Golden Boot and we all said before the game that we need to pass to Son, you know Son has to win the Golden Boot.
“So I’m like ‘Dejan forget about the goal, you have to assist Son’ so I pass the ball, and when I pass the ball I get stuck in the ground, so it becomes a bad touch and the ball just rolls slowly towards goal and they clear the ball on the goalline.
“So I just stand there after thinking ‘Bro, Dejan, what the f*** are you doing?’” he said. “I’m thinking ‘You are the biggest idiot’ and I felt so ashamed.”
Kulusevski did respond by scoring with a tremendous strike just moments later. however.
And he added: “I got so frustrated and was like ‘give me the ball again’. Two minutes later I got the ball again and then I don’t think at all I just put the ball in the top corner.”
Son eventually went on to notch his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season at Carrow Road. However, Salah’s striker for Liverpool against Wolves meant the pair eventually shared the Golden Boot.