Club: Hajduk Split
Ante Vukusic could finally be ready to realise some of his potential this season.
Since making his debut for Croatian powerhouse Hajduk Split as a 17-year-old, Vukusic has been slowly getting better over time, but has yet to break out into the world-class form he is capable of.
A key player for his club despite only being 21, Vukusic has been the main striker for his side over the past two seasons—campaigns in which he scored an impressive 18 and 15 goals respectively—and despite three managerial changes, has remained as first-choice upfront.
Now captain of the team, the striker has got off to an impressive start this season, scoring five goals in nine games, and scored against Inter Milan at the San Siro in a Europa League qualifying round.
Blessed with a clinical striker's instinct and an at times stellar finishing ability, Vukusic has a versatile style, having the movement to evade markers and poach goals while also being able to drive the ball through from midfield or link up with the wingers.
The Croatian was coveted by football's elite after breaking onto the scene two years ago, and having now slipped under-the-radar again, a quite likely fine season this campaign will unassailably see Ante Vukusic as one of Europe's hottest properties.