Tuesday April 14 2020
Sweden observe Kulusevski 'evolution'

Sweden manager Janne Andersson believes future Juventus player Dejan Kulusevski will shine in Serie A. “It’ll be very interesting to see his tactical evolution.”

Although he has only 26 Serie A appearances under his belt for Atalanta and Parma, 19-year-old Kulusevski has already earned his €35m plus bonuses move to Juventus.

“Dejan hasn’t been with us for long, but has already shown he has great potential,” Andersson told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He works hard and is very quick. If he continues like this, he will be in the Sweden squad for many years to come. A coach always appreciates a player who can take on multiple roles and it’ll be very interesting to see his tactical evolution. As things stand now, I think he’s perfect as a winger.

“Kulusevski really lives for football and puts the work in. If I need to find a reason for his rapid ascent, that would be it. He’s still young, but I hope he is ready for Juventus. As a national team coach, you always want your players in the top teams and I think he can really grow in Juve’s current system.

“Italian football is an excellent place to learn about football in all its forms. In Sweden, we do learn about tactics quite young and that helps provide the foundations.”

Kulusevski has been compared to Josip Ilicic and Arjen Robben.

“Considering his pace, his ball control and his finishing, I see him as similar to Robben.”