Steven Bergwijn has emerged as one of the few positives in a difficult season for Tottenham Hotspur.
The 22-year-old briefly shone for Tottenham until he missed the last game against RB Leipzig prior to the nationwide lockdown after picking up an ankle injury.
Bergwijn has bagged 3 goals in 7 league games, including striking on his home debut against defending champions Manchester City.
Spurs started the Premier League restart well after he opened the scoring against Manchester United, before Eric Dier’s blunder allowed the Red Devils to claw their way back to a 1-1 draw last week (BBC).
As is the fashion these days, Jose Mourinho held a virtual press conference prior to their 2-0 win against West Ham and singled out Bergwijn for high praise, although he admitted the Dutchman wasn’t his first choice.
The Portuguese told football.london correspondent Alasdair Gold he is a “good player, good professional, good boy. Congratulations to my club, the way they did it.
“Initially, and I’m always very honest on this, he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter.
“But in the end, a great decision. A player with a great future, can play on the right and the left.
“We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better.”
Spurs don’t have an easy run of fixtures remaining, as Mourinho’s side still have to face Sheffield United away and Arsenal at home.
The Dutch international, who can be deployed on either flank, has taken 1.3 shots per game, averaging 1.5 key passes, and made 1.2 tackles on average (via WhoScored).
Mourinho praised his work ethic on-and-off the pitch so his contributions clearly haven’t gone unnoticed. The Lilywhites will know they must earn as many points as possible if they are to qualify for the Champions League.
If Bergwijn can continue to adjust to Mourinho’s methodology, he should be able to maintain his sensational form for the remainder of the season.
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