Spurs may not have clinched the striker they were desperately chasing in the January transfer window, but Jose Mourinho did bolster his squad with an addition that has already made an instant impact. And they have an unlikely man to thank for it too.
The north Londoners sealed a £26.7m move for PSV winger Steven Bergwijn just days before the deadline, and in only two appearances, he has shown the Premier League exactly what he has to offer.
One of his former teammates in the Netherlands, Jetro Willems, who is now in England playing for Newcastle United, seemingly played a key role in following his footsteps.
Willems is on loan at Spurs’ PL rivals from Frankfurt but played with the 22-year-old for six years at PSV.
He revealed this week in an interview with The Athletic that he spoke to Bergwijn prior to his move as he waxed lyrical about the English top-flight.
“I was fighting for years to get here. It was always a big competition but I didn’t realise how big until I was here.
“I spoke with Hakim Ziyech this week and with Steven Bergwijn before they joined Chelsea and Tottenham.
“I told them, ‘It’s not only like on television. It’s much better, much nicer.’ I just said, ‘Welcome to the best league in the world.’ That’s how I feel.”
Jetro Willems, Newcastle left-back.
Although the likes of chief scout Steve Hitchen, Daniel Levy and Mourinho will have played a crucial role in bringing the tricky winger to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, the influence of Willems simply cannot be understated.
His glowing endorsement of life across the North Sea could have been the encouragement needed to move away from his homeland and start a new life at the age of just 22.
It remains to be seen how influential this conversation was, but given Willems only made a similar switch back in August, his words would certainly carry more meaning than most as he’s been in this very situation.
Bergwijn has played just twice for Spurs since joining, but he’s already made a huge impact by scoring a debut goal against Manchester City whilst also racking up three key passes and four tackles against Villa on Sunday, per WhoScored.
So everyone at Spurs must give some props to Willems, even more so as the Magpies have taken Danny Rose temporarily in order to deputise during his absence through injury.
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