According to Tottenham insider John Wenham (via Football Insider), Steven Bergwijn could leave Spurs in January as Fabio Paratici lays the groundwork for an unprecedented transfer spending spree.
The Lowdown: Busy January window
Antonio Conte is said to be pushing for an overhaul of the club’s squad through the arrival of multiple signings, after identifying positions that will need strengthening, such as centre back. This would also involve players leaving the club, in order to free up funds.
Bergwijn has only made seven appearances in the Premier League this season. Disappointingly, he has failed to score in every one of these matches and has only been able to add one assist to his record.
Even from a possession perspective, the Dutchman averages just 11.7 passes per game – the fourth lowest of any Spurs player to feature in the league this season.
The Latest: Bergwijn could leave in January
Speaking to Football Insider, Spurs insider Wenham has named Alli, Winks, Doherty, and Bergwijn as four prime candidates to leave the club in the January transfer window. He claimed that “the homegrown issue will play a big role in this”, saying:
“I would expect one of Dele Alli or Harry Winks so go, not both. That’s where the homegrown issue comes into play.
“Matt Doherty is another player who could go, either on a permanent deal or out on loan.”
He then continued onto Bergwijn, stating: “Other than that, I’m not sure. If an attractive offer came in for Steven Bergwijn I think we would let him go.
“There has been increased talk over the last few weeks about Ajax being interested in him.
“That would be an easy deal to do as we aren’t using wingers at the moment and he isn’t homegrown.”
The Verdict: A confusing, but possible sale
Due to the homegrown issue, this sale could well be very possible. If Spurs truly want to challenge the top four, they will need to bring in some major signings – meaning fringe players, like Bergwijn, may be on the way.
However, this still comes as a surprise. Despite not using wingers at the moment, the attacker provides a different option for Conte to utilise, and is still a young, pacy direct player with plenty of potential to fulfil – hardly the sort of talent you want to give up on too soon.
The manager has also publicly praised Bergwijn as a ‘quality’ player who he will look to use in multiple positions (Football Oranje), so it seems strange that he would allow him to leave the club, even if Paratici is the driving force behind it.
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