Ryan Mason unsure of deploying Tottenham ace Dejan Kulusevski as a number 10
Speaking in the post-match press conference as quoted by Football. London, Ryan Mason has spoken about the possibility of Dejan Kulusevski playing as a number 10 in the future.
Tottenham’s disappointing season reached a familiar low point as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Brentford, despite initially taking a 1-0 lead in the first half. It was yet another defeat for a club whose European ambitions seem to be tossed out of the window as things stand.
The match began with promise as Harry Kane delivered a stunning free-kick, perfectly executed in collaboration with Dejan Kulusevski. It was an ideal start for interim manager Ryan Mason, but unfortunately, the tides quickly turned against them.
Brentford, without their key player Ivan Toney, mounted a remarkable comeback with goals from Yoane Wissa and a brace from Bryan Mbuemo. This defeat marked Tottenham’s 14th loss of the season, placing their chances of securing European football for the next campaign in jeopardy.
It was a disappointing result, but amidst the disappointment, there was an intriguing talking point: Dejan Kulusevski’s performance and his preferred position. Kulusevski expressed his preference for playing as a number 10.
“I’m not sure. I think he can operate centrally or on the right side very well. We wanted to bring some pace in with Danjuma today and push up high and wide and get in behind as much as possible and we got into the pocket so many times with Harry and Deki in that first half and created quite a few openings”
Despite the disappointing result against Brentford, there were moments of promise in Tottenham’s attacking play, with Kulusevski playing a significant role in the team’s attacking moves.
Mason acknowledged the young midfielder’s contributions, praising his ability to create opportunities alongside Harry Kane. However, he also pointed out that Brentford’s resolute defending and their goalkeeper’s saves denied Tottenham from converting those chances into goals.
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Kulusevski’s versatility as an attacking player offers Tottenham tactical flexibility. His future might remain uncertain but he has shown enough promise for the club to take a punt on him in the summer.