‘Flourished’ – Journalist criticises manager’s transfer decision on Spurs player

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Dejan Kulusevski
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Italian journalist Andrea Distaso has written an opinion piece for CalcioMercato criticising Massimiliano Allegri for his decision to let Dejan Kulusevski leave in January.

Kulsevski has arguably been the signing of the January transfer window so far, having amassed nine goal contributions in just 11 Premier League outings so far (Transfermarkt).

The winger has shown since he arrived in North London just why he was so highly rated during his days at Parma.

The fact that he is only 21 years of age should also give Spurs fans plenty of optimism regarding what the future holds for the Sweden international.

Kulusevski was not favoured by Allegri during his time in Turin, playing a bit-part role for the Serie A giants since the 54-year-old replaced Andrea Pirlo at the helm last summer.

Distaso has labelled the Juve boss’ treatment of the winger a ‘mistake’, questioning why he was not able to get the best out of a player who is now thriving in the Premier League.

The journalist wrote: “‘He (Allegri) too can make mistakes and with a certain type of players, the evaluations.

“The most recent case is undoubtedly that of Dejan Kulusevski, on whom Juventus had placed enormous hopes, snatching him from Inter for around €40m (£33m).

“In just three months of Conte management, in a much more demanding and competitive league like the Premier, the former Atalanta and Parma has literally flourished again.”

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Even if Allegri might not have seen Kulusevski as being a part of his plans for the time being, Juve’s decision to let such a promising young talent leave for a relatively low fee is puzzling.

Perhaps they were forced to do so in order to finance a deal for Vlahovic. Juve’s loss is certainly Tottenham’s gain, and Conte and Paratici deserve a lot of praise for identifying the 21-year-old as the right fit.

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