Dejan Kulusevski says he can play in the number 10 position at Tottenham Hotspur
The Swedish international was one of Antonio Conte’s first two signings at the club, when he arrived on deadline day in the January transfer window with Rodrigo Bentancur.
Things took off for him since then. After a torrid time on the bench under Massimiliano Allegri, Kulusevski took the Premier League by storm. He managed to score five goals and provide eight assists in 18 league games during that time.
He was largely deployed as a right-winger by the Italian manager, a position he was used to playing in at Juventus. However, according to the 22-year-old, he can be equally good, if not better, as a number 10.
“It’s a very good question, I’ve been thinking about this all my whole life. I always thought of me being a No 10, I still think I am, but my best results as a football player have always come being a right winger, so I don’t know! In the future, we will see where I’ll be.”
The ex-Sampdoria man then went on to claim that he can even play as a wing-back. Conte’s wing-backs are important when the team is attacking, so it makes sense that the Swede sees himself as a potential fit for that role.
“Yeah, I can probably play wing-back too. It’s football, you want to help a good team, you want to play, enjoy, work hard and have fun.”
Lucas Moura, of course, played a few games in that position for Spurs earlier this month in pre-season friendlies. It seems that Conte is having a tough time trusting either Matt Doherty or Emerson Royal down that flank.
Djed Spence arrived from Nottingham Forest this summer but Conte was quick to claim that the Englishman was not his signing, but one made by the club. It remains to be seen if Kulusevski will be used in that role or even as a number 10.
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An attacking playmaker is a position that Conte doesn’t really deploy in his formation but one can never tell what the future holds. The manager, however, would be buzzing to have such a versatile player in the ranks.