Tottenham Hotspur winger Dejan Kulusevski has revealed he was ‘screaming’ at teammate Davinson Sanchez in the build-up to his side’s match-winning goal.
Indeed, Tottenham may have been trailing Leeds United 3-2 right up until the 81st minute of the game but Rodrigo Bentancur then managed to equalise before Kulusevski set him up to score again just two minutes later.
While talking after the game, the forward has now revealed the full role he played in that match-winning effort, explaining that he shouted at Sanchez to pass Harry Kane the ball because he knew his teammate could then put him into a dangerous position.
He told SpursPlay (via football.london): “First of all I was screaming at Sanchez, I was screaming a lot. I was screaming ‘Harry, Harry, Harry’ because I knew that if Harry got the ball then I was all alone and that’s exactly what happened.
“So I saw the whole situation before it happened. Then my first touch was very good and then I prayed to God that Rodrigo would score and he did. So it was joy and a lot of work. So much happiness because we worked hard for this.”
TIF thoughts on Dejan Kulusevski and Spurs…
Of course, Kulusevski has been sidelined recently with a hamstring injury and this was actually his first start in the Premier League since September 17 (when he also provided an assist against Leicester City).
No doubt, he would have been delighted to return to the starting XI for Spurs, though he did play off the bench in the loss against Liverpool last time out (in a game where he also picked up an assist).
Evidently, Kulusevski is a vital play in this Spurs team and with five assists and one goal in nine league outings this term, it’s not hard to see why. However, it is interesting to learn that he can help pull the strings with his communication skills as well as what he can do with the ball at his feet.