There have been some fantastic Swedish footballers over the years. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Henrik Larsson, to name a few. But in addition to these legends, who have been dominating the fields for decades, there are a few Swedish legends in the making.
Ever heard of Dejan Kulusevski?
Dejan Kulusevski, 19, is one player who could go on to become one of Sweden’s top players if he carries on his current path. Born in Stockholm, this footballer has represented his country at U15, U16, U17, U19, U21, and senior levels, and will undoubtedly be trying to force his way into the reckoning for the European Championships this summer.
The player is recognized as a winger and began his career in the youth set-up at IF Brommapojkarna, before moving to Atalanta in Italy. He worked his way through the ranks at Atalanta, netting seventeen goals in twenty-six games for their U17 side and grabbing an impressive seventeen more, with twenty-six assists, playing for Atalanta Primavera.
A loan to Parma arrived in the summer of 2019. After impressing during the first half of the campaign, Juventus agreed to a deal worth around €45 million when add ons come into play to sign Kulusevski from Atalanta. But rather than the winger heading off to join his new employers, Juventus permitted him to stay with Parma until the end of the current campaign.
In what is his breakout season in Serie A, Kulusevski is showing his class. The 19-year-old has weighed in with five goals and seven assists from twenty-one starts. His form has been one of the main reasons why Parma has performed well in the league thus far, occupying a mid-table place at the time of writing. When he is involved in a goal, be it scoring himself, or setting one up for a teammate, Parma hasn’t lost. So, he’s very much a talisman.
It’s believed this Swedes’ career could have gone in a different direction at sixteen years old, with Arsenal said to have been one of the options on the table for the then youngster. However, as it was Maurizio Costanzi, the head of Atalanta’s Zigonia academy who scouted him, Kulusevski opted to join the Italian club. It’s believed they secured his services for €100,000.
If Kulusevski continues to impress in Serie A this season, in spite of missing Parma’s last game with an adductor injury; he will undoubtedly be in with a chance of making his debut at a senior tournament with the Sweden national team. It would be a rapid rise for the midfielder with Macedonian roots, and he also has a significant opportunity next season, when he will be playing first-team football for Juventus.
The young Swede is regularly backed in the markets at popular bookmarkers around the world like William Hill, among others.
Maurizio Sarri’s system, which utilizes wingers, is perfect for Dejan, who will be battling with the likes of Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernadeschi for a starting role. However, with the former now thirty-one years old, Kulusevski could be the new kid on the block to hold down the position for years to come.
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