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Spurs have struck gold on “special” Conte signing whose value has now soared by £44m – opinion

A “special” star has already brought the Lilywhites success.

While generating some of the club’s best players throughout its illustrious history, Tottenham Hotspur’s recent transfer business has been a bit inconsistent. It also represented a period of enormous spending with little concern for a long-term plan.

As a result, it’s possible to argue that Daniel Levy’s eagerness to fulfill his ambitions of a return to the top, while simultaneously contending for the awards they’ve egregiously avoided since 2008, has led them to commit even more mistakes in the market.

In fact, every one of their top 10 most costly acquisitions to date has occurred since that EFL Cup triumph, with Moussa Sissoko’s 2016 acquisition being the most recent.

Embarrassing additions like the £63 million paid for Tanguy Ndombele, the £42 million sold for Davinson Sanchez, and the £30 million the aforementioned Frenchman cost them are included in this.

The person most recently hired to address their long-standing problems is Ange Postecoglou, who was left to pick up the pieces after Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo, and Antonio Conte each took turns inflicting harm on the Lilywhites.

All of Mauricio Pochettino’s efforts over a four-year period were undone, and Levy once more turned to a progressive coach as his long-term option. The playing group he has inherited isn’t perfect, though.

In reality, the Australian has already made some of those more expensive recruits, and they have combined to enable them climb to the top of the Premier League standings after only eight games, having most recently been knocked off their perch with their game against Fulham still to be played.

Dejan Kulusevski, on the other hand, has adapted to his new ways without any difficulty, and he actually has Conte to thank for that.

How much did Spurs pay for Dejan Kulusevski?

After enjoying a loan stint in north London to test his abilities before making the transfer permanent, his outstanding first six months made it clear that a deal had to be struck.

However, last season he would only score twice throughout the entire league campaign, casting doubt on his usefulness despite that period in which he recorded 13 goal contributions in just 18 Premier League games.

Postecoglou ultimately made the choice, concluding that the £25 million demanded was a more than reasonable price for a winger of his caliber.

As his defensive responsibilities have been lessened, the Sweden international is already applauding the new boss for that act of faith and praising it as “really, really fun”: Naturally, a little bit because it’s more offensive. I’m really liking it since I don’t have to be as strong as a wing-back when we’re defending.

“Every day I pick up new knowledge. I appreciate it because it’s still beneficial for me to go often, learn new things, and keep getting better since I’m still young.

How much was Dejan Kulusevski worth at Juventus?

With his expanded experience to professional football, the 23-year-old hasn’t hurt his value, but it’s instructive to reflect on where he came from after beginning his career with Parma.

They believed in his future, which is not expected to be bright in north London, as seen by a subsequent £30 million move to Turin.

As a result, Transfermarkt estimated his value to be €30m (£26m) in the month before to his initial loan move to Spurs based on his potential and the price they paid.

Nine goals and 10 assists spread across 74 senior games provide additional evidence for this figure, showing how well-liked he was at Juventus prior to heading to England.

How much is Dejan Kulusevski worth now?

As previously indicated, Kulusevski’s move to the Spurs appears to have increased interest in his performance, which has raised his value. The clever winger would benefit from the support of pundit and former Celtic hero, who just last year wrote on Twitter: “Kulusevski looks a wonderful player. Spurs were excellent, and Everton’s complete lack of heart aided them.

The £110,000 per week maestro has the invaluable asset of being able to perform in the Premier League.

Dejan Kulusevski’s years at Spurs Market Value % change
2023 €80m (£69m) 60% increase
2022 €50m (£43m) 65% increase
2021 €30m (£26m) N/A

Conte acknowledged last year that such a future was possible, saying, “He is doing wonderful things, he has a lot of potential. He sets himself the objective of developing into a key player despite being a crack player with a strong drive to get better. Tottenham made a great investment there.

It shouldn’t be shocking to learn that his value has increased; the CIES Football Observatory has previously provided a figure of €80 million (£69 million). This already represents a £44 million rise from the initial £25 million they had to spend to secure his services at the beginning of last summer.

Why is Dejan Kulusevski worth that much?

The combination of all of these raving endorsements and those explosive first six months explains why Kulusevski’s value has increased by such a significant margin.

His performances since Postecoglou’s hiring, however, have given it new life. The trickster thrives in a system that encourages aggressive play.

And yet, according to Sofascore, the 33-cap ace combines his 2.6 crucial passes per game with 1.4 tackles and 4.5 ball recoveries per game.

They have undoubtedly already made a fortune off the field, and that worth is only expected to increase, but they are also thriving on it, with Kulusevski playing a significant role in what Postecoglou has already accomplished.

Following their close victory against Luton Town earlier this month, the former Celtic player would say this: “That’s the thing about Deki, he’s going to give you everything and more. He performs that each week.

“The group and what we do take heed of that. Because he is a winger, I believe that occasionally people will only focus on his outside abilities. However, it’s just his relentless work ethic and selfless running for the team. Today, he was required to run two men. And if he hasn’t broken any records for running, I’d be astonished. He provided what we needed.

The high-value right winger has a very bright future because he has the work ethic, mindset, and talent set to achieve tremendous heights.

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