The effervescent 33-year-old will now be plying his trade in Lilywhite come the next two years, after officially joining the Spurs faithful on a free transfer.
Tottenham’s proactive approach towards improving their squad depth speaks volumes to the level of expectancy for the upcoming campaign(s), further reverberating Antonio Conte’s infectious mentality.
An ideology that slowly festers about Spurs Way.
If a survey was to be conducted, the average Spurs supporter would readily attest to Daniel Levy’s famed notion of doing business closer to the end of the transfer window.
A truthfully regressive tactic that reflects contrastingly to what Tottenham Hotspur embodies.
One that serves neither the club nor its supportive fans.
If Spurs are to truly compete this season, the impulsive urge to seek younger players with seemingly high potential also needs to be relinquished.
How lovely would it be to consistently sign players between the ages
of 20-22 years? Players with definitive roles that instantly improve the team, whilst also compounding their value over said years?
A poetic, and beautiful idea in theory.
Such scenarios tend to inadvertently highlight the shortcomings of the prospective player, as opposed to being a means of honing the next potential world-beater.
They are immediately judged by their effectiveness on the pitch, regardless of the number of registered minutes.
A Painful Rebuild
The footballing minds of both Paratici and Conte have immediately risen to the forefront of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Spurs have spent a total of £95m thus far on summer signings.
In addition to Perisic’s recruitment, also joining the ranks are Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet; formerly of Brighton and Everton respectively.
Lenglet joining on a season-long loan.
And as impressive as these signings may be, Ivan Perisic is still the cream of the crop amongst the lot.
Perisic’s contingency plan comes armed with bags of experience; needless to mention that the lad is also a serial winner.
He has won the Bundesliga with Dortmund and Bayern Munich. He has won the Serie A with Inter Milan, Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.
He was runner-up with Croatia in the World Cup. He has scored in both a World Cup semi-final and final respectively.
And for one of his most famous acts, he won the Champions League.
In essence, Perisic has won titles with every team he has played for and will undoubtedly heighten the expectations of silverware amongst his peers.
Familiarity has bred admiration for Conte towards Perisic.
Alongside his mastery of the English language, there is a definitive plus having previously worked under Conte, allowing him the luxury of seamlessly fitting into the Italian’s way of doing things.
When Antonio first arrived at Inter in 2019, following his departure from Chelsea, Conte permitted Perisic to move to Bayern Munich on loan.
He spoke profusely to the Croatian’s work ethic, or lack thereof, as he was unwilling to perform the defensive duties that were expected of him.
Perisic ultimately returned a champion, boasting a revitalised mindset, donning his predominant demeanor.
Having won the treble of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League respectively.
A truly all-conquering season for the Croatian, alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski.
Tottenham’s renewed adeptness to a wing-back system in attack may be Conte’s go-to formation for most of the coming campaign.
Perisic’s dynamic presence slots him anywhere between the opponent’s penalty areas, making him the ideal player for Conte’s favoured wing-back system, where he will play on the left; despite his ambidexterousity.
Sessegnon’s improvements were directly proportional to his continued game time, but it will do him well to glory in the guidance of Ivan.
Perisic has 10 goals and 9 assists in 49 games for Inter Milan the previously concluded campaign, as well as 5 goals and 5 assists under Conte the previous season.
Ivan Perisic has only missed a staggering 40 games throughout his entire career.
Information which best be hidden from the likes of Jack Wilshere (lol).
A remarkable feat that should not go unnoticed.
And yes! Bissouma and Richarlison are excellent signings, but I am of the belief that Ivan Perisic will become the deciding factor in Tottenham ultimately lifting silverware this season.