Tottenham Hotspur have looked like a different team since the return of Dejan Kulusevski and his impact has not been lost on club captain Hugo Lloris.

Since arriving at Spurs in January of this year, Kulusevski has quickly become one of the most important players in the team and endeared himself to the fans immediately.

Dejan Kulusevski

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He scored five goals and contributed eight assists last season (Transfermarkt) as Spurs stormed to a top-four finish, and Kulusevski’s partnership with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son was integral to that.

This season has been a little more frustrating for the Swedish star, who missed roughly four weeks due to an injury sustained on international duty.

Fortunately, he’s back now and his return has shown just how valuable he is to Spurs. He bagged an assist within 90 seconds of coming on against Liverpool two weeks ago, and added another to his tally against Leeds United on Saturday, setting up Rodrigo Bentancur for the winner.

With one goal and five assists this season (Transfermarkt), no one can doubt what the 22-year-old brings to the team, and Hugo Lloris has heaped praise on the attacker in a recent chat with Football.London.

Lloris said: “Kulu is a very important player, he showed it last season, being decisive on a lot of occasions for the team. We missed him for many weeks and the feeling that we have today is a fresh player, fully fit and it was the case against Liverpool and today.

“You can see that in one vs one he is very aggressive in the final third. Today he made many assists for the team and helped the team a lot to come back in the game and win the game. We know how important he is for the team. It will be the case also for the second part of the season.”

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It’s incredible to see the difference in the way Spurs play when Kulusevski is in the side. He is such an intelligent player who helps raise the game of those around him, and his vision and decision-making are crucial when it comes to our fast-flowing counter-attacking football.

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