When Tottenham Hotspur signed Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus during the winter market, there were some who mocked the transfers.

In Italy, there were even jokes about whether Fabio Paratici was still working for the Turin club, because they thought the deals worked out better for Juventus than they did for Spurs.

Three of Kulusevski’s first four Premier League matches for Tottenham ended in defeat, and that inevitably encouraged the critics to come forward. It was stated the 21-year-old was too slow to make an impact at Spurs, and Antonio Conte didn’t exactly help things by saying he’d prefer players who were experienced and ready, rather than bets for the future.

Well, things have changed, and Tottenham have been on a better run since that frustrating period, with Kulusevski playing his part in it.

That’s been noticed in Sweden, where Aftonbladet are celebrating the player’s success.

In a report in their Monday newspaper, it’s explained the footballer has sent his critics into ‘retreat’ and is playing with a ‘smile on his face’ in Antonio Conte’s team.

Aftonbladet say their compatriot has ‘taken the Premier League by storm’ and shown he ‘belongs’ at this level.

That will all be nice for Kulusevski to hear from his home media, and he goes into the international break on a high.