Michael Bridge has told Football FanCast that Steven Bergwijn’s omission from the Dutch squad for Euro 2020 was extremely worrying.
Bergwijn had been a regular for his national team prior to his arrival in north London but has won just three caps in more than 18 months since he made the switch from PSV in January 2020.
The wide man has initially made a blistering start to his career at Tottenham, scoring three times in his first six Premier League appearances, including fine strikes against both Manchester clubs.
However, since firing past David De Gea in the first post-lockdown game, Bergwijn has found the net just once in 45 outings across all competitions for Spurs.
Such was Bergwijn’s underwhelming form, he didn’t even make Frank de Boer’s squad for Netherlands’ disappointing European Championships campaign, which ended abruptly in the first knockout round.
Despite missing a golden opportunity against Manchester City last Sunday, the 23-year-old has made an encouraging start to the season – and claimed the assist for Heung-min Son’s winner against the champions.
But Bridge told FFC that being overlooked in what he describes as an “average” Holland side, speaks volumes:
“To not get in a very, very average Dutch squad is very concerning. They are a bang average national team, and to not be in their squad was, although in his defence you can’t impress from the bench.”