Dejan Kulusevski has opened up on the struggles he had when he was sidelined and expressed his delight at being able to contribute to the team on his return to the starting lineup on Saturday.

Kulusevski was out of action for more than a month after picking up a hamstring injury during the international break at the end of September.

Dejan Kulusevski

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His injury coincided with a downturn in form for Antonio Conte’s men, who were not helped by the fact that other forwards, including Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min and Richarlison, were also sidelined at various times.

Kulusevski made an instant impact on his return to the team against Liverpool a week ago, setting up Harry Kane’s goal just a little over a minute after coming off the bench.

The Swede returned to the starting lineup on Saturday and was arguably Tottenham’s best player on the day, laying the matchwinner on the plate for Rodrigo Bentancur in the 83rd minute.

Kulusevski told SpursPlay’s N17 Review Show following the 4-3 win over Leeds: “Yeah, I don’t think people understand how it is to be out [injured]. It’s so hard, you want to help your team and you know you can make a difference, you can help your team.

“I always try to do the little things right like sleeping good, eating good so when I’m ready I have to perform and cannot look rusty. I felt very good these two games when I came back so I’m happy and I’m on the right road.”

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We simply do not have any other player in our team who can progress the ball as consistently as Kulusevski does, which is why he is so important to the side. I am sure that singing a suitable backup to the Swede would be one of Conte’s main priorities in January.

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