Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge reckons it’s time for Steven Bergwijn to start proving his worth at Tottenham.
Signed by Jose Mourinho for £27m from PSV Eindhoven, the Dutch international has struggled to perform consistently since making the switch to the Premier League.
What do the stats say?
Bergwijn initially made a blistering start to his Tottenham career, scoring an excellent debut goal against Manchester City before further strikes against Wolves and Manchester United saw him have three goals under his belt in his first seven appearances.
Those three would all come in his debut season in the Premier League, but the wide man has struggled in front of goal ever since.
In fact, Bergwijn’s failure to score on his return to Holland against Vitesse last Thursday means it’s just one goal in 51 appearances for Spurs, which has ultimately resulted in Lucas Moura replacing him in the starting XI, although he has been out injured during the same period.
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bergwijn has been Tottenham’s 13th best player this season, according to WhoScored, with his only notable contribution being the assist for Heung Min Son’s winner in the opening day win over City.
Spurs do have a 100 percent win percentage with Bergwijn in the starting XI in the league this season, but Bridge has urged the 24-year-old to stand up and be counted.
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What did Bridge say?
With some fine goals and assists during his Spurs career, albeit not nearly often enough, the Sky Sports reporter has recognised Bergwijn’s ability, but knows he must become more consistent.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s got to start proving himself now. There’s flashes of goodness.”
Is Bergwijn in Tottenham’s best XI?
Despite a scratchy performance at West Ham on Sunday, Moura has done enough this term to suggest that he is Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-choice right winger.
Bergwijn was lively during the early weeks of the season when Spurs topped the table, but as Bridge alluded to, he must start turning up regularly.
He’s a silky player with excellent ball retention, his passing success rate (86.7 percent) is the fifth best in the squad, but he needs to start producing in terms of goals and assists or he’s unlikely to have any chance of dislodging Moura from the side.