Should Tottenham Hotspur spend big to bring another Croatian player to White Hart Lane?
The midfielder had played 66 matches for Dinamo Zagreb, scoring 21 goals and providing 21 assists in that time, but would the Croatian be able to transfer his form to a different league and a different country?
The answer was an emphatic yes as Modric shone for Tottenham, making 160 appearances in North London before moving to Real Madrid.
And now another Croatian has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane; a player a year older than Modric was when he arrived at Spurs.
Andrej Kramaric is a free-scoring striker who is just one of many forwards said to be interesting Tottenham; a club in desperate need of a quality front-man or two.
The Croatian currently plays for HNK Rijeka, where he has scored a remarkable 55 games in 64 appearances, including 28 in 30 games this season.
With a contract that expires in the summer it is highly likely Kramaric will move on in January, and despite the latest reports suggesting he favours a move to Spain, that is no reason for Tottenham not to try their hand with a bid.
After all, Kramaric will be well aware of Modric’s success in North London and could well follow in his footsteps, with Tottenham ultimately seeing another gamble pay off.