Antonio Conte impressed with Dejan Kulusevski’s start to Tottenham career

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is delighted with Dejan Kulusevski’s potential after the Sweden international continued his strong start in life at the club.

The 21-year-old, who arrived from Juventus on deadline day in January, has been on the mend, registering his fifth assist in the 5-1 win against Newcastle.

He has also scored two goals during that time and forms a deadly partnership with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with the trio tallying 27 goals in their last eight Premier League games.


Tottenham are in impressive form (Nick Potts/PA)

Conte, who tried to sign the winger when he was in charge at Inter Milan, believes he is a big player now and in the future.

“We are talking about a player I know very well because he played in Italy,” he said. “He started playing at Atalanta, then Atalanta brought him (sent) him to Parma and he played in Serie A. And he played fantastically.

“When I was Inter coach I tried to ask him, but then Juventus came first. Maybe they invested more money than we did back then, and then they bought this player.

“We are talking about a player who is only 21 years old. And so he has to keep playing. Because he is physically strong, has a big engine and is technically good.

“I think for Tottenham this is a great signing for the present and for the future. We’re talking really, really strong here.”

He arrived on the same day as midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, who has also signed from Juventus, and the pair helped transform Tottenham’s season.

“I said that with these two players, although we lost four players in January, with these two signings we have made this squad more complete and more balanced,” added Conte.

“I think it’s very important in football to have a clear idea and a good vision. Because that way the situation is easier.”


Newcastle were well beaten in the capital (Nick Potts/PA)

Newcastle were a victim to be slaughtered in the second half as they lost for a third straight game.

After taking the lead from a Fabian Schar free-kick in the first half, goals from Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Son Heung-min, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn ensured the afternoon was forgotten in north London.

Boss Eddie Howe is hoping England defender Kieran Trippier will be fit before the end of the season to bolster a side yet to be safe from relegation.

“His injury is healing,” Howe said. “It’s not fully healed. There it is.

“We’ll be able to push him, not as fast as we initially wanted. But I still think he will play this season but without a definite date. He’s making good progress.” Antonio Conte impressed with Dejan Kulusevski’s start to Tottenham career

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