Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur team has demonstrated resilience in their ability to find the back of the net. While the absence of James Maddison has undoubtedly been felt, other players have stepped up to fill the void.
Dejan Kulusevski, now often deployed in the number 10 role, has been working diligently to make a significant impact in Maddison’s absence. However, according to an interview with The Athletic, one of Kulusevski’s former youth coaches, Andreas Engelmark, believes there is still room for improvement.
Engelmark, who previously worked with the Sweden international at IF Brommapojkarna, acknowledged Kulusevski’s positive evolution this season but emphasized the need for the winger to score more goals for Postecoglou’s Tottenham side.
“He scores really nice goals, a curl into the far corner…but he needs to get into the box and have more tap-ins. Sometimes he’s outside the box when he should be in it. He knows this, but he needs to do it more often and score easy goals. I’m trying to push him!” Engelmark commented.
Despite Kulusevski recently scoring a late equalizer in the draw against Manchester City, his performance in the previous game against Aston Villa revealed some wastefulness, indicating the necessity for improvement. With a crucial London derby against West Ham United on the horizon, valued at £26 million, Kulusevski has a significant opportunity to showcase his consistency.
Tottenham fans received positive news ahead of the West Ham clash, as an exciting player has returned to training on grass. Additionally, the availability of Richarlison and Cristian Romero for selection adds to the team’s optimism.
It is likely that Postecoglou will persist with Kulusevski in the number 10 role, a position conducive to goal-scoring opportunities. The midfielder is undoubtedly determined to prove his value as a key contributor to Postecoglou’s long-term project at Tottenham. As the team strives for victory in the upcoming London derby, Kulusevski’s performance could play a pivotal role in securing a positive result for Spurs.