Dejan Kulusevski (14 Viewers)

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Floro Fckin' Flores
May 16, 2010
5,870
#41
Get it right, Swedish Berna or Swedish De Bruyne, thats what articles earlier in his career compared him to, a left footed De Bruyne (Not really :D I just said that cuz he is a red faced ginger AM like him lol, I cant use my narrative creating powers irresponsibily like Dai :D).

For what Alen says, its true, besides creating, his style of play will be useful for us primarily because of his ability and willingless to transport the ball well down the middle. These articles mention that as key part of his game (driving force in midfield we havent had since Pogba), allways plays with tempo and urgency, allways with pace towards goal (we dont play that counterattacking style he is excelling it, so peculiar to see the fit).

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Born in Stockholm in 2000, Kulusevski, of Macedonian descent, has played just 17 games in Serie A but already looks set to command a price tag between 30 and 40 million euros. After making his debut with Atalanta last season, he was sent on loan to Parma to earn more playing time.

Before the loan, he spent a year demolishing the Primavera Championship, Italy’s under-19 competition, contributing with 1.28 goals or assists every 90 minutes between the regular season and the playoffs. He scored a goal and served an assist to Nicolò Cambiaghi in the 4–3 win against Torino in the playoff semifinals and then repeated himself with the decisive pass for Ebrima Colley’s goal, which earned Atalanta U-19 the title in the final against Inter.

This season, Parma’s coach Roberto D’Aversa started Kulusevski on the right wing in the first match of the season against Juventus, where he put on a good enough performance to secure himself a place in the starting XI. He’s gone on to start every match this season, scoring three goals and adding five assists (the third-most in the league; a title he shares with four others) so far.



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The left-footed Kulusevski has played almost every game this season out on the right, but he can also play on the left or in a more central position, as he has done since starting center forward Roberto Inglese injured himself in October, further shifting his position with injuries to Gervinho and Yann Karamoh.

Parma is perhaps the most direct team in the league, with the highest percentage of counterattacking shots and the highest pace towards goal in Serie A at 3.04 meters per second, and Kulusevski’s speed obviously helps in transition and whenever there is space to attack. He’s quite fast considering how tall and heavy he is (listed at 186 cm and 76kg and looks well-developed for a 19-year-old). He excels at advancing the play in open field, so much so that his carries are on average the fourth-longest in the league (7.41 meters). It is no coincidence, however, that the king in this category remains his teammate Gervinho (8.89 meters on average).


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On the other hand, his first touch is not exceptional and even his dribbling style is built on his physicality and his bursts rather than pure technical ability. Playing indoor futsal taught him to use both the outside and the sole of his foot, traits of his game that are evident when he carries the ball.

When he receives a pass on the flank, he tends to run vertically with the ball using the outside of his foot, but he is much more dangerous when he moves towards the center to receive the ball. Despite playing as a winger he attempts just 1.66 crosses per 90, completing them at a 39% clip and just 18% of his box entries are crosses. He also completes 1.87 passes inside the box per 90 (seventh-highest in the league).

Kulusevski does well to make himself available for his teammates off the ball and when he receives it towards the middle he looks to play the throughball or risky passes rather than shooting. He plays 2.44 key passes (2.37 in open play) and averages 0.26 expected goals assisted every 90 minutes, an exceptional amount for an under-21 player.

What is really interesting about his style is that he can pass the ball it without necessarily slowing his run much. This means that he can accelerate his decision-making and catch defenders off guard with his passes.

The Swede is undoubtedly a pass-first winger, but even if he doesn’t shoot much, his 0.14 xG/shot is quite high. This is because 82% of his xG are generated either from a throughball or a dribble.




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As Parma’s right winger, he plays in a hybrid role, since the Gialloblu usually defend with a 4-4-2 (with Gervinho staying upfront) and attack with a 4-3-3. On the defensive end, he averages 24.12 pressures and 3.02 pressure regains, while also adding 1.94 tackles and interceptions.

D’Aversa’s system obviously plays to Kulusevski’s strengths, requiring him to think fast and to take on a lot of creative responsibility for a 19-year-old. He’s been put to the test at a high level since his first Serie A game as a starter. The sample is still small to say how he could perform in a different system of play, with perhaps fewer spaces to attack in transition.

At first glance, he would seem to be a better fit for Inter, but it’s possible he could settle into an attacking midfield roll in the 4-3-1-2 system Maurizio Sarri has begun using, given that Juventus lack a real offensive midfielder. He could even adapt to play as a wingback in Gasperini’s 3-5-2, if Atalanta manage to retain him, although he would most likely play as a trequartista or false striker to make the most of his creativity.

Kulusevski has a mix of athleticism, size, speed, size and creativity that is hard to find, especially in such a young player. Running his current season through the StatsBomb compare-o-meter, the only three players with at least a 90% similarity are Leroy Sané and Julian Brandt in 2017–18 and Dijon’s Stephy Mavididi in 2019–20. His potential remains largely untapped, yet Kulusevski’s career could reverse direction as quickly as he moves on the pitch: he’ll have to carefully ponder his next steps so as not to jeopardize his development.










https://statsbomb.com/2019/12/parmas-dejan-kulusevski-is-serie-as-hottest-young-prospect/




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Post Ironic

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Feb 9, 2013
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#44
you were making a point in all that? i must have missed it? :p

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he doesnt need to be a goalscorer, we have those, he needs to be able to get the ball to them.
One of the things it said in that article about him was that he rarely crosses the ball, and isn't particularly accurate when he does... That shall work well with us having one of the best players in football history on scoring from crosses. :boh:

His through balls should be nice for all our forwards though, if he can keep that up when he comes here.


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It's really too bad Dougie C can't stay fit, going on 1.5 seasons now... Seems like he would be the best provider in this team for Ronaldo. A player who can beat his man with ease and put in an accurate cross.
 

X Æ A-12

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Sep 4, 2006
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#45
One of the things it said in that article about him was that he rarely crosses the ball, and isn't particularly accurate when he does... That shall work well with us having one of the best players in football history on scoring from crosses. :boh:

His through balls should be nice for all our forwards though, if he can keep that up when he comes here.


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It's really too bad Dougie C can't stay fit, going on 1.5 seasons now... Seems like he would be the best provider in this team for Ronaldo. A player who can beat his man with ease and put in an accurate cross.
he is left footed who plays on the right side correct? Makes sense he cuts inside rather then looking to cross
 

Post Ironic

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Feb 9, 2013
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#46
he is left footed who plays on the right side correct? Makes sense he cuts inside rather then looking to cross
And that's just fine and dandy if we have a coach who has our fullbacks push up to provide width and deliver crosses... but we haven't seen much of that at all this year and end up having zero width in attack while teams defend the centre of the pitch almost exclusively, clogging up the box further.
 

Clamarc

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Sep 26, 2018
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Mike-e-y

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Jul 18, 2004
9,314
#56
I don’t really know a lot about this guy and his highlights seem to be comprised predominantly of training matches. His stats in half a season seem very impressive but have to be taken into perspective considering defences would take a lot more risks against Parma than they do vs Juve.

Just for clarity is his natural position RW or AM? I feel we need a specialist rather than a jack of all trades
 

Juventinoo

Ertuğrul Oğlu Osman
Oct 20, 2004
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#57
The way he runs and dribble. Even his former coach agree with me

Engelmark: "I think Dejan has a mix of different players: he is similar to Robben in dribbling and has a physical power similar to that of Milinkovic-Savic. But in the end he is himself, there is only one Dejan Kulusevski".

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