Niko Kranjčar insists Ivan Perišic will make immediate impact at Tottenham
Ivan Perišić joined Tottenham Hotspur from Inter Milan last week, reuniting with former boss Antonio Conte at Hotspur Way. The 33-year-old became the fifth Croatian to join the North London club after Stipe Pletikosa, Vedran Ćorluka, Luka Modrič and Kranjčar himself.
Conte had the chance to bring in two Juventus players- Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski- in January. And it seems that he has developed a liking of Serie A when it comes to signing players at Spurs, with Perisic leaving the Nerazzurri for the Lilywhites.
Speaking to Tottenham’s official club website, the 37-year-old was asked about what Spurs fans can expect from his compatriot, to which he replied, “Everything”.
“I think everything that they expect and believe he will bring, they will get with him.
What to expect from Perisic at Spurs?
He also cited Perišić as one of the main reasons for the success of the Croatian national football team and their envious yet inspirational run to the FIFA World Cup final in 2018.
“I must admit, for me, along with Luka [Modric], he is probably the biggest reason that the Croatian national team has had the success it has had because his goals, assists and his ability to make a difference in the final third is something that the team has relied on. He is a proven threat in the final third.”
However, it is expected that Perišić will be deployed as a left wing-back at Spurs, something he has done before and excelled at under Conte during the pair’s time at San Siro.
Some may say that he is too old to join a top PL team such as Spurs but he has shown during his spell at Inter that age is just a number for him. And devoid of trophies since 2008, Spurs also need proven and experienced stars such as Perisic to help them bag silverware in the short term.
Signing young and upcoming talent is, of course, a smart strategy. But the team must have a healthy mixture of youth and experience.
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Kranjčar spent three years at Tottenham, helping the club earn Champions League qualification for the first time in 2010. Now in 2022, his compatriot is poised to play a defining role in Conte’s attempt to turn Tottenham into a European powerhouse.