It’s far too early to write off Steven Bergwijn’s Tottenham Hotspur career but he has certainly flattered to deceive since making a £25m switch from PSV Eindhoven last January.
And it’s about to get a whole lot harder for him to convince manager Jose Mourinho of his place amongst the Spurs squad.
According to a statement from the Netherlands national side (via The Sun), the 23-year-old has been sent home from international duty due to fitness concerns ahead of their triple-header.
“The Tottenham Hotspur attacker was examined by Orange’s medical staff on arrival in Zeist on Monday. It turned out that he is not fit enough and will miss the next Orange matches,” read the announcement.
Not only is this a devastating blow for Mourinho as one of his players isn’t deemed fit enough to play on the international stage but also a cruel sucker-punch to Bergwijn himself as those three matches would’ve been the perfect opportunity for him to impress and make a statement to why he should be playing.
The Dutch enigma has been excluded from four of Spurs’ last five matchday squads in the Premier League and was part of the quartet that was ruthlessly hauled off at half-time in Antwerp.
Clearly, something is not right with the winger in N17 at the minute.
Last season in the English top-flight he made an instant impact, contributing to four goals from just 14 appearances, including a winning strike against Manchester City.
However, it is now 12 matches without a goal in the Premier League for Bergwijn.
In an even stranger turn of events, Mourinho confessed to the Dutchman not being his first-choice target back in June, so evidently, the Special One doesn’t quite fancy him.
Bergwijn has been tipped to have a big future by many around the game – former PSV teammate, now Brighton regular, Davy Propper told talkSPORT (via HITC): “He could be [a star]. He has a lot of qualities. I played with him at PSV but he’s so fast, his dribbles are unbelievable. I’m really happy for him.”
The €70m-rated (£62.5m) has fallen down the pecking order quickly and he’ll surely be gutted that he cannot prove his worth in these next ten days.
It’s one cruel sucker-punch yet again for the young lad.
AND in other news, Spurs would be making a big mistake not signing £63m-rated destroyer…