Vedran Corluka predicts Luka Modric will get better and better with the benefit of a first season in the Premier League now under his belt.
Luka admitted that it took him time to adjust in the first few, tricky months of the season but his influence grew and grew, not least after settling into a left-sided role in the second half of the season.
The Croatian international won the praise of players and management alike, with boss Harry Redknapp insisting: "I think he's been brilliant for us, he's a world-class player."
Luka's Croatian compatriot Vedran agrees. "It was difficult at the start because it was his first time playing in England and nobody in the team was playing well at that point," said the versatile defender who started 39 of his 40 games last season.
"When the team started to play well he showed why he is one of the best young midfielders in the world.
"Hopefully he will be even better next season because he knows how other teams play against us and the surroundings, so it will be a lot easier."
Vedran was well-placed to comment on the difficulty of a first season for a foreign player in the Premier League after making that switch himself from Dinamo Zagreb to Manchester City a year earlier.
"It's hard for a foreign player at first because everything is so much faster than in other leagues, as well as the physical strength," he added.
"But after half-a-season, you are used to these things. If you have the same ability of the other players, then eventually you should be able to compete."