'No danger': Slaven Bilic thinks Spurs have made a signing which is guaranteed to be a success this summer
Tottenham Hotspur have been backing their manager Antonio Conte this summer as the club have brought in six new players so far. But former West Brom boss Slaven Bilic thinks one signing in particular is guaranteed to be a success as he told the Athletic that Ivan Perisic will have no issues with adjusting to the Premier League.
Perisic joined Spurs back in May on a free transfer after his contract expired at Inter Milan and looks set to be a key player in Conte’s side.
At the age of 33, the Croatian will bring a wealth of experience to the Spurs team and has played in multiple European leagues and even lifted the Champions League at Bayern Munich.
And it’s this experience which makes his compatriot Bilic confident that he will be a success at Spurs.
Perisic signing a guaranteed success for Spurs
“There are many things with the scouting, the analysing, with tracking the players for so long that the clubs are doing now, not only about their performances but also about their private life and character,” he said.
“But then there’s also the element that you can’t predict, especially when it comes down to the players who are leaving their home city, home club or home country for the first time.”
The former West Ham United manager has no concerns over Spurs’ new signing though and has backed Perisic to hit-the-ground-running in North London.
He said: “It’s different when it’s someone like Ivan Perisic now. Perisic left Croatia when he was 17.
“He went to France, then to Belgium, then to Borussia Dortmund, then to Wolfsburg, then to Inter Milan, then to Bayern Munich… for him, there’s no danger that he’s going to take time to adapt (at Spurs).
“It’s his sixth or seventh time that he’s changing the city, the dressing room, the league. It’s not a problem.”
Perisic also has the advantage of having played under Conte at Inter Milan and will know exactly what the Italian expects from him in the wing-back role.
The Croatian suffered an injury during his last game for Inter which ruled him out for most of pre-season, but he was straight into Conte’s starting eleven against Roma last weekend.
The former Bayern man will be a key part of Conte’s success this season and if Bilic is right, it will be a huge boost for Spurs if he can adjust to the Premier League straight away.
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