Largely thanks to injuries and the issue of Luka Modric’s head, fellow Croatian Niko Kranjcar has played a full part in Spurs’ early season campaign.
While many thought his time at White Hart Lane was up, there was a distinct lack of rumours linking Niko with a move this summer and after the transfer window passed, the player is looking forward to being more involved this season.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to play and hopefully play more often,” he said.
“Of course it was a difficult time for me last season. I enjoy being here at Spurs, I always think about the club first but I love playing football and it’s tough when you are not doing that.”
Kranjcar said that he always gave everything last season despite his frustration at not having a greater involvement,
“I didn’t get my chances last season but every time I was selected I gave it my best because that is the way I was brought up,” he added.
“Now I’m trying to do the same this season. I’m delighted to feature in our first couple of matches and I’m hoping I can get more games.”
If and when we get a fully fit midfield to choose from it will be interesting to see where Niko features but for now at least, he is likely to have a pivotal role in the games coming up.