According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham have decided to sell Steven Bergwijn in the January transfer window, amidst interest from various clubs.
The Lowdown: Bergwijn has not secured himself in Conte’s 11
Since his arrival from PSV Eindhoven two years ago, the Dutchman has not yet reached the heights he would have hoped for when he agreed to his £27m move to the Premier League.
The winger has started just once in all competitions under Antonio Conte and played a mere 100 minutes under the current manager. Overall, he has made 64 appearances for Spurs, but his returns leave something to be desired, having produced 10 assists and just five goals during that time.
The Latest: Tottenham have decided to sell
According to Romano on Twitter, Tottenham have finally concluded that they will sell Bergwijn this month, following interest from various European clubs.
Ajax are already thought to have submitted an offer to Spurs for the winger, which would see him join on a permanent deal. However, nothing is yet agreed between the two clubs, as talks are expected to continue to be held by Fabio Paratici.
Therefore, Romano claims that the pursuit of Bergwijn remains an ‘open race’.
The Verdict: Needs playing time elsewhere to flourish
Previous Tottenham managers have been complimentary of Bergwijn. Nuno Espirito Santo accentuated the 24-year-old’s importance to the squad, claiming that ‘he’s a very talented player’. Even Conte has been full of praise for the Netherlands international, highlighting his evident ‘quality’ and saying that ‘he’s quick and he can score goals’.
However, even accounting for some injuries, the 52-year-old has not given Bergwijn much chance to flourish at Spurs this season. If the winger wants to secure a spot in the Netherlands’ World Cup squad later this year, the best option may well be to secure first team football elsewhere, as it currently seems that he will receive minimal game-time at Tottenham with Conte at the helm.
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