Antonio Conte couldn’t have envisaged the impact that Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have made at Tottenham, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.
The pair arrived from Juventus on deadline day, and they have played a major part in Spurs’ recent push towards a top four finish.
How have Bentancur and Kulusevski performed for Tottenham?
It’s been a fine start to Premier League life for the pair, who will end up looking like a snip at £50.7m if they continue performing at their current level.
According to WhoScored, Bentancur, who’s added some much-needed quality alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield, has been Spurs’ fifth-best player this season.
The Uruguay international has chipped in with just one assist in his 10 top-flight appearances, but his passing success rate is the best in the squad behind Oliver Skipp, while he’s in the top four metrics for most tackles and most clearances per game.
But if Bentancur has been good, Kulusevski has been the star of the show. Only Heung Min Son and Harry Kane have a better rating than his 7.29, with the young Swede already contributing to nine goals in his 11 Premier League outings.
Kulusevski highlighted his qualities with a measured finish at Aston Villa last weekend and an inch-perfect assist for Son later in the game.
With both Bentancur and Kulusevski in the starting XI, Tottenham have won six of their eight games, which have seen Conte’s side move from eighth to fourth and put them in with a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
What did Bridge say about Bentancur and Kulusevski?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “For the first time in a long time, Spurs have signed players who are ready to hit the ground running now, and I don’t even think anyone could have envisaged, not even in Conte’s wildest dreams did he think that would happen.
“Kulusevski is now part of the most feared front three around, that’s not even an exaggeration, and Bentancur has added a bit of guile to the midfield.”
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Can Bentancur and Kulusevski fire Tottenham into the top four?
The arrival of the former Juventus pair have proved a turning point in Tottenham’s season, and providing they keep winning, finishing in the top four is more than achievable.
Not only do Conte’s side have all of the momentum, but all of their fourth place rivals are faltering at the wrong moment.
With form, the fixtures and arguably the two best players in the division right now in their favour, Spurs should be confident of completing the job in their remaining games and securing enough points to return to Europe’s elite.