Spurs now have maximum points and zero goals conceded from their first two games, despite last season’s top goalscorer and creator Harry Kane missing the first and coming off the bench in the second.
Dele Alli opened the scoring from the spot after Jose Sa brought him to the ground in the box. His coolly dispatched penalty ended up winning the match for Tottenham, with no other goals coming in the game.
One player who struggled on the pitch for Spurs was Steven Bergwijn. The Dutch winger was given the nod to start the match despite flattering to deceive against Manchester City as he messed up a number of counter-attacking opportunities versus Pep Guardiola’s side.
Nuno Santo put his faith in the former PSV man to rectify his mistakes against Wolves but the Spurs boss was let down by the winger’s showing.
Per SofaScore, Bergwijn lost a whopping 77% of his duels on the pitch as he failed to match Wolves’ intensity. He only won three of the 13 duels he faced on the ground and in the air, whilst also losing possession of the ball 16 times overall.
The £73k-per-week dud also shirked his defensive responsibilities as he failed to make a single block, tackle or interception and was dribbled past once. This suggests that he did not put the work in defensively to help his full-back, which Santo will surely be frustrated with as it leaves the wide areas exposed for Spurs if he fails to track back.
To his credit, he did create two chances and complete 83% of his 23 attempted passes, with some bright touches and one piece of exquisite skill to beat a couple of players on the touchline that got fans off their seat.
However, this was coupled with two shots that he failed to score from and a 0% success rate from attempting long balls and crosses. Despite those few bright moments, his all-around play let him down in the end.
Bergwijn’s complete lack of strength in his duels and his lack of defensive work were not masked by him creating a couple of chances and his place in the team should now be under threat.
Santo gave him the opportunity to prove that he deserves to be a starter and he, unfortunately, let his coach down with a disappointing display.
The ex-Wolves boss may now decide to bring Kane back into the starting XI and shift Son out into Bergwijn’s starting berth on the left or he could choose to give Bryan Gil a platform to impress.
It will be interesting to see what the Portuguese coach decides to do for the Watford clash next Sunday but Bergwijn can have no complaints if he’s dropped.