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Pundit Gary Neville has hailed Tottenham Hotspur ace Dejan Kulusevski following his performance against Nottingham Forest on Friday.


Tottenham Hotspur picked up another win on Friday night, beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 at the City Ground.


Richarlison opened the scoring, heading home Dejan Kulusevski’s cross to make it three goals in two games.


Kulusevski then turned goalscorer after the break, smashing home on his right foot after a mistake from Forest stopper Matt Turner.


After five games without a win, it’s now two victories in a row for Tottenham, who appear to be back on track under Ange Postecoglou.


Gary Neville hails Tottenham Hotspur’s Dejan Kulusevski

The star of the show for Tottenham was Kulusevski, who was simply sensational.


The Swede featured in more of a number 10 role once again having starred in that role against Newcastle United last weekend.


That role seems to give Kulusevski the freedom to pop up here, there and everywhere – and we saw that with his goal involvements.


Kulusevski’s assist came from a right-sided position, cutting back in on his left foot to find the head of Richarlison.


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Turner’s error then allowed Kulusevski to score down the right side again, putting the game out of Forest’s reach.


We know Kulusevski as a right-sided winger but he is now showing his quality as a number 10 too – and dazzling Gary Neville in the process.


Neville told Sky Sports that Kulusevski’s assist for Richarlison was a truly ‘world-class’ moment, believing it changed the course of the game.


Neville added that Kulusevski has been ‘brilliant’ of late and has been ‘really surprised’ to see him shine in the number 10 role.


The former Manchester United defender highlighted that players who can truly master the number 10 role are ‘very rare’ – and believes Kulusevski may be on his way there.


Neville feels that Kulusevski could even develop into a £100million player for Tottenham if he keeps thriving as a number 10.

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This is a really big moment in the game, this was the point where Forest were doing well in the game, Spurs were in their worst period and he produces a world-class moment,”

said Neville. “Those type of things just change the whole course of a football match.”


“He’s been brilliant. I’ve loved watching him in that number 10 role, he’s really surprised me.

I think that players that play in that role and take it on the back foot and accept it on the back foot, the attacking midfield players, the number 10’s, any player of that ilk, they’re very rare.”


What we’re seeing in the last few weeks is him play that role and become one of the rare players.

We see a lot of players on that right-hand side take it down the line, cut back and whip it in with the left foot – that is not unusual.”


“The one that he played through for Son, that is some ability and it takes him up to a different level.

You’re talking about going from being a player who might be a £50million player on the right-hand side to being something that,

if he can get going in that number 10 position, could be really special and you’re then pushing to an £80million to £100million player,” he added.


It’s unclear just how long Kulusevski will stay in this role given that James Maddison should be back in January.


Yet it’s worth highlighting that Kulusevski was branded the ‘new Kevin De Bruyne’ back in 2020, with his ability to unlock defences catching the eye.


Kulusevski has a long way to go before reaching De Bruyne’s level but maybe Tottenham have really stumbled into something here with the Swede shining as an attacking midfielder.