Bring Bergwijn to the table
The 23-year-old has only started once in the Premier League for the Portuguese tactician as the North London side sit seventh in the Premier League before taking on Brighton later this evening (Whoscored).
Bergwijn scored on his debut and scored a memorable winner as Spurs beat last season’s champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but went on to only make 14 appearances during their domestic campaign (TransferMarkt).
Bergwijn signed from PSV Eindhoven for £27m last season but his lack of opportunities in the first-team have continued into the new campaign and with Spurs being inconsistent with their results, their 1-0 defeat to Royal Antwerp last time out will be seen as one of their lowest points since Mourinho took over.
Speaking with Football Insider, Bent believes that the Dutch speedster should be given the opportunity to impress after their dismal showing out in Belgium.
“He’s still got the speed so it comes down to consistency and game time”, he said.
“If he played 10 games in a row, we’d see the best of Bergwijn. When he first came over and he hit the ground running with that great finish against Manchester City, he was playing at PSV week in, week out.
“When you’re a bit-part player like he is at the minute, you’re never ever going to see the true Steven Bergwijn.
“What they need to do is give him a run of games because at the minute the only ones we see get a run of games are Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and that’s why we see the very best of them. Especially for an attacking player as well, you’ve got to find your feet. How do you expect to see the best of him?”
Transfer Tavern take
While Spurs will be feeling blue after the Europa League loss, they have the chance to turn their fortunes around later today. On the back of what Mourinho said on Instagram, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bergwijn start. He has his supporters, such as football analyst Harry Brooks who described him as a “fantastic pro” (via Fighting For Spurs).
They simply have to do something to begin their march up the standings, as the Premier League landscape will start to take shape as the all-important Christmas period edges closer.
Time will tell what Mourinho will decide to do but Bent is right and playing Bergwijn against Brighton would be an interesting test for the Holland international.
In other news, Tottenham made ‘sizeable bid’ for England international striker.
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