Wonderkid who snubbed Tottenham reflects on 'not easy' life at new club

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Roma's Tin Jedvaj has not enjoyed an ideal start to life in Serie A.

Tottenham Hotspur were strongly linked with signing Tin Jedvaj from Dinamo Zagreb back in the summer, a highly rated teenage defender from Croatia.

Linked as part of a double deal with Alen Halilovic who still remains at the club, Jedvaj did move - but Tottenham were beaten to him.

Former club of Spurs technical director Franco Baldini made the move, Jedvaj signing for Serie A side AS Roma instead.

So how is it going over there for him? The answer is really that he simply has not got started so far.

Jedvaj has a total of 0 Serie A appearances to date, despite featuring on the bench 14 times. Two appearances for the reserves is also little to write home about.

Speaking in his homeland to Sportske Novosti he has described the experience so far as 'not easy' but generally remains upbeat his time will come.

"I spoke with Rudi Garcia and I know he has big plans for me. I have three other players in front of me, but he told me to be ready when he needs me. In Serie A it is not easy for young players."

He also cited the case of compatriot Mateo Kovacic, 19, who was hailed as the next big thing in his homeland but has so far struggled to make a telling impact at Inter, describing Paul Pogba as the exception to the rule.

Had Jedvaj signed at Tottenham it's likely he would have been granted some playing time by now.

With Europa League football causing the squad to be rotated, youngsters like Ryan Fredericks and latterly Nabil Bentaleb have made the step up under successive bosses.

Whether a switch to Roma proves more beneficial in the long run remains to be seen, but if Jedvaj was hoping this season at the Italian club could see him force his way into Croatia's World Cup side then so far it has backfired. 

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