Day 16: Josip Šutalo
Season Grade: B
National Team Grade: C (met expectations but did not immediately start)
Dinamo Grade: A (best defender in the league once again)
Clean sheet against Mbappe, Benzema and France in 1-0 Nations League victory
Team next season:
Šutalo will most likely follow in Gvardiol’s footsteps as a move to Leipzig seems most likely. There is a chance he gets loaned back to Dinamo for the season (if bought by Leipzig), however he is probably good enough to play an important role for the German club as soon as next season.
Arsenal is also expressing some interest in the young defender.
What the future holds:
Šutalo has already conquered the HNL and is undisputedly the best defender in the league. He needs to challenge himself in a top 5 league next season in order to continue developing into an elite center-back. If both Šutalo and Gvardiol reach their potentials, Croatia could boast one of the strongest center-back duos in world football. Šutalo has now adopted the second center-back slot following Lovren’s retirement from the National Team and one can only hope he flourishes there just as he has for Dinamo Zagreb… and it all starts this month in a giant semi-final clash against the Dutch. Šutalo’s first step towards international stardom would be a rock-solid performance against the Oranje, just as he put up against France back in the UNL group stage.