Among the several signings acquired by Tottenham Hotspur this summer, it is perhaps the arrival of Ivan Perisic which seems the most interesting of the lot.
The Croatian joined his new side following the expiration of his contract at Inter Milan couple of months ago and he has now reunited with his former boss.
Perisic spent six seasons at Inter and played under Antonio Conte during the 2020/21 campaign when they won the Serie A title together.
He played at left wing-back in the majority of his appearances under Conte in Italy and it is expected that will be his primary position next season too.
But Perisic is highly versatile, having played across multiple positions during his career.
Giving an interview to his new club’s social media team after signing, Perisic said: “I can play several positions in the system Tottenham is playing right now and I will bring a lot of experience.”
Indeed, in Conte’s favored 3-4-3 formation Perisic can comfortably operate four different roles.
As well as left wing-back, he can play anywhere across the front three.
Perisic’s ability to perform as a central striker could provide Spurs with a significant boost.
Spurs have become unhealthily reliant on Harry Kane in that position due to their lack of squad depth and Perisic’s availability alongside the arrival of Richarlison could be crucial.
There is certainly no doubt the player’s poaching prowess as he is third on the all-time list of Croatia’s top scorers with 32 international goals.
Just like his ability to score goals, Perisic has played on most occasions as a winger and can provide enough threat from the wings through his dribbles, crossing and chances creation.