Matthew Upson was left surprised by Ivan Perisic’s ability to run up and down the length of the pitch through the ninety minutes against Brentford.

Perisic was named in the starting eleven for Tottenham’s clash on Boxing Day despite featuring in Croatia’s third-place playoff game against Morocco at the World Cup less than ten days prior.

Ivan Perisic

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The 33-year-old put in a typically energetic display down the left channel and even though some of his set piece delivery was not up to his usual high standard on Monday, he delivered a couple of dangerous crosses from open play.

In fact, Tottenham would consider themselves unlucky not to have got a penalty in the second half as Harry Kane looked destined to meet Perisic’s pin-point cross at the far post but the striker was seemingly brought down by Ben Mee before he could make a connection.

Upson, who was the co-commentating on Spurs’ 2-2 draw on Monday, described Perisic as ‘relentless’.

The former West Ham centre-back said on Amazon Prime (26/12/22 from 12:30 onwards) about the former Inter Milan man: “Fitness wise, he’s incredible isn’t he? He’s like a machine, Perisic.

“I mean in his real prime, certainly playing for Croatia, I just remember him being relentless. His running ability is fantastic.”

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Perisic’s ability to make a yard for himself and get a quality cross in when he is one on one with a defender, is second to none in world football. The Croat already has seven assists to his name this season and I would not be surprised if finish the campaign with over 15. 

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