In a new episode of The Done Deal Show, journalist Dean Jones has cited Dejan Kulusevski as the blueprint for the kind of attacker Tottenham Hotspur want to sign next.

Kulusevski arrived at Tottenham last January on an 18-month loan deal, costing the club £8.3 million (Sky Sports). There is an obligation to buy Kulusevski for £29.2 million should certain criteria be met, and it is widely expected this will happen (Fabrizio Romano).

Dejan Kulusevski

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The Swedish attacker has been a phenomenal success since joining Spurs. He contributed five goals and eight assists in the back end of last season (Transfermarkt), and was integral to Spurs’ push to claim the top-four spot and secure Champions League football.

It’s been a slightly more frustrating season for the 22-year-old this term, with injury hampering his progress. Nevertheless, Kulusevski has still scored one goal and provided five assists in 13 appearances this season (Transfermarkt).

It has to be said, Spurs look a far less formidable side without Kulusevski. This is something Jones has picked up on, and he suggests the club will look for another similar player when aiming to bolster their attacking ranks.

He said: “When I’ve pressed people to get an idea about who I should be taking seriously here as a target, the message I got back from probably my best contact at Tottenham was that when Kulusevski is not in this team, it’s generally a big problem.”

“That creativity, that type of player is what they’ll look for. When Richarlison got injured many expected that it would be a replacement for him that would come in, but I’m not told that is the case. They want a player who can make things happen in a similar way to Kulusevski,” Jones added.

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This sounds absolutely spot-on to me. We really do struggle when Kulusevski is not in the team, and he’s proven to be a truly special signing who creates so many chances for us and adds such a good rhythm to the team. If we can get another player like him, we should snap them up instantly.

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