Three Partizan Belgrade stars Tottenham must watch out for

Jack Beresford assesses Spurs’ latest Europa League opponents and picks out three who could cause the Lilywhites some problems in Belgrade this Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur head into their Europa League group stage opener as firm favourites for victory over a Partizan Belgrade side that has endured their fair share of woes in Europe this term, having been dumped out of the Champions League at the qualification stage.

The Lilywhites should take nothing for granted though, as their near-miss away at play-off opponents AEL Limassol in the last round showed.

Partizan certainly possess plenty in the way of danger-men ahead of kick-off – here are three of the biggest threats to Tottenham starting the group stage with a win.

Danko Lazovic

Arguably the most high-profile attacking player currently on the Serbian team’s books, Lazovic started his career at Bayer Leverkusen but is best remembered for his time at PSV Eindhoven, where he won the Eredivisie in 2008.

He arrived at Partizan after a solid spell in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg where he won two more league titles and a Russian Cup. A quick, versatile striker capable of playing centrally or out wide, Lazovic boasts a venomous shot and could prove a handful, particularly when cutting inside from the flanks.

Andrija Zivkovic

The jewel in Partizan’s crown, Zivkovic broke into the Belgrade side’s first-team last term, scoring five goals from 19 starts for the Serbians, and laying on countless goals for his teammates. Big things are already being predicted for the 18-year-old winger, who has already been linked with a move to Benfica.

A European encounter with a Tottenham team that has shipped five goals over their last two Premier League outings could be the ideal stage for the midfielder to showcase his talents and earn a big money move abroad. 

Petar Skuletic

A goal poacher by trade, Skuletic arrived in Belgrade back in January after impressing with lowly Vojvodina, where he managed to score nine goals in 25 appearances. The 24-year-old hit the ground running with his new club too, scoring seven in 13 games over the second half of the campaign.

And the good times continue to roll for Skuletic, who has started the current season in great form with nine goals in 11 appearances for Partizan. A solid, if unspectacular, goalscorer, don’t be surprised to see him get on the end of a few dangerous crosses from Zivkovic.

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