Football journalist Alasdair Gold has stated Tottenham Hotspur should start Dejan Kulusevski in the club’s next Premier League match.
Tonight, Spurs will travel to play Burnley at Turf Moor. With Antonio Conte’s men pushing for a Champions League spot in the top four and the home side surely desperate to lift themselves out of the relegation zone, there is plenty at stake.
Writing for football.london ahead of the game, Gold suggested that winger Kulusevski had done enough in his most recent outing to force his way into the starting XI once again.
He said: “If fit enough, Dejan Kulusevski has certainly earned another start after his goal and dramatic late assist for Harry Kane.”
The writer’s full predicted team was: “3-4-3: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Bentancur, Winks, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.”
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The most recent display Gold alludes to is, of course, Spurs’ incredible 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend. In the game, Kulusevski certainly played a huge role in the final outcome.
Indeed, the man currently on an 18-month loan deal from Juventus opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium after just four minutes of play. After further goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Harry Kane, Riyad Mahrez seemed certain to have settled the affair with a 92nd-minute penalty. However, not content with a draw, Kulusevski managed to provide an assist for Kane, who headed home the winner in the fifth minute of injury time.
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The fact that Kulusevski had the impact he did in what was his first Spurs start will surely have an effect on Conte’s team selection on Wednesday evening.
Taking all that into account, it’s easy to understand why Gold believes the Swede has done enough to earn a start against Burnley.