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Player Watch: Dejan Kulusevski

sundanceyid10

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Kulusevski has the ability to reach Kane and Son levels this season. By that I mean hitting 15+ for both goals and assists. He honestly is incredible, his first touch and footballing intelligence are what you'd expect of a player well into their prime.

Son, Kane & Kulusevski is the front 3 we hoped we would get when Bale arrived on loan. What a player.
If all three of them are firing in a game, I’m not sure what the opposition do, they could cause absolute carnage.
 

Japhet

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Such a fantastic footballing brain on top of his great skill.


And on top of that, he's a physical powerhouse who doesn't go to ground every time a player comes near him. He forces opponents to try to tackle him and any mistakes and he's away.
 

DiamondLites

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He was far and away our best player today, some of his passes were superb and he had their left side on toast all game long. If Kane and Son were on it like he was today, that would’ve been a cricket score!! Love the Ginger Prince!!
 

slartibartfast

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I did not really see him a Juve, and I don't know how they play their wingers - but it could be as simple as he was not fit for the role they want (maybe speedy wingers?)

Either way - our gain.

And a player like Deki could also go a long way towards keeping Kane around.
Yes I never saw him at Juve either but if you've a player like that, unless you have someone amazing upfront who prefers a different system, you play to suit. Although Managers dont do that do they lol. I PLAY THIS WAY AND THATS THAT. Even if the players they have don't fit.
Thats why having a set style for the club is so important. The academy, the transfers, the new managers coming in, ALL need to be singing from the same hymn sheet or the wheels fall off.
We're doing that now Paratici and Conte are here.
We sure as shit weren't doing that post Poch.
 

slartibartfast

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On a side note, does anyone else think his movement and physicality are similar to Kane?
I've lost count how many times I think its Kane on the ball and its Kulu. They seem to run the same way.
 

Japhet

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Yes I never saw him at Juve either but if you've a player like that, unless you have someone amazing upfront who prefers a different system, you play to suit. Although Managers dont do that do they lol. I PLAY THIS WAY AND THATS THAT. Even if the players they have don't fit.
Thats why having a set style for the club is so important. The academy, the transfers, the new managers coming in, ALL need to be singing from the same hymn sheet or the wheels fall off.
We're doing that now Paratici and Conte are here.
We sure as shit weren't doing that post Poch.

I think that's very true. I could never work out how Mourinho and more surprisingly Nuno, couldn't work out that Dier and Sanchez were so vulnerable in a back 4 but absolutely made for a back 3. Conte comes in, who plays that system anyway, and they immediately look like different players. Kulusevski at Juve just didn't fit the system.
 

Rout-Ledge

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He’s a top class player already and should only get better. He’s worth a hell of a lot more than £35m to us that’s for sure. If he carries on like this the only player that really comes to mind by way of comparison is De Bruyne.
 

mano-obe

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Wonderful player. Got a bit of De Bruyne about him. Very fast thinker and always dangerous. We have an absolute gem
 

walworthyid

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Was magnificent today. He's going to be one of the breakout players this season. We knew how good he is but now the rest of the league will see.

Our wide play on both sides was quality, you had kulu torturing their left back and sess, then peresic, destroying poor walker Peters.

We weren't amazing today but we were the conte machine from the end of last season.
 

easley91

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The reason I love being at games and even in higher seats, is because I can watch everyone positionally and tactically. It's something you can't appreciate on TV. First time seeing him play in person and he is the real deal. So intelligent and technically brilliant at a young age. He could be paired with Kane and Son, and then the likes of Scarlett and Devine. That's how young he still is. It's SCARY.
 

KirstyG

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Love looking at the comments before we signed him that he wasn’t good enough or what we need lol the boy is perfect and (like Bentancur) it reminds us that we really don’t know as much as Conte and co. This is what makes me more comfortable with the Zaniolo talk too.
 

Pekoni

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He’s so fecking good it’s hard to believe. Only 22 years old too. Amazing player. What a steal he was from Juve. Bet they’re fucking pissed now :LOL:
 

fishhhandaricecake

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He was absolute levels today, reminds me a bit of a further forward/wide left footed de bruyne, works so so hard, lovely technique, strong, what a player and still so young, he is going to go Towards world class level if he keeps up this trajectory
 

fishhhandaricecake

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He’s so fecking good it’s hard to believe. Only 22 years old too. Amazing player. What a steal he was from Juve. Bet they’re fucking pissed now :LOL:
Is he still on loan and if so do we have option we can trigger? Last thing we want is him going back after 18 months, absolute baller.

Think he loves it here too,
 

PCozzie

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Deki is going to be very difficult for teams to get on top of.

It's not just his control, strength, or movement. It's that he is equally effective cutting back inside and going outside. His left foot is strong cutting back and either shooting far corner or crossing back post, and he can stand a player up and hit the line for cut backs. If an opposition want to make his game predictable they are going to have to double up to force him to do only one of those things. But they can only do that rarely, because they are already trying to double up on both Son and Kane. And when they've done all that doubling up, Sess is coming in late and unmarked.

Good luck!
 
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