Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side head into Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace in an excellent run of league form, with Spurs remaining undefeated under the 52-year-old Italian in the top flight – winning three and drawing two of their five fixtures in the competition.
The north London side also secured their place in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, defeating West Ham United 2-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – with Steven Bergwijn, despite being heavily linked with a move away from the club this winter, highly impressing in the quarter-final.
Indeed, over his 61 minutes on the pitch against the Hammers, Bergwijn turned in a performance of the highest quality, bagging his side’s opener after a smart one-two with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, before playing a key role in the restoration of Spurs’ lead by bursting into the West Ham box and squaring the ball for Lucas Moura to tap home – shortly after Jarrod Bowen had drawn the visitors level.
However, it was not only the £16.2m-rated winger’s contributions in the final third that made him stand out on Wednesday evening, but also his efforts in helping his side out defensively, as the Netherlands international made two tackles, one interception and won four of his seven attempted duels against David Moyes side.
Indeed, these returns would appear to back up Alasdair Gold’s suggestion that the 24-year-old is not afraid to do the “dirty work” for his team – something that is an extremely important trait for Conte’s attackers to possess – as well as the journalist’s claim that Bergwijn still puts in an “incredible” amount of effort for his side.
Furthermore, the £73k-per-week forward’s returns against West Ham saw him earn an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.5 – with only Hojbjerg receiving a higher score – while 90min awarded the Dutchman an eight in their own player ratings, as well as describing his display as “one of the brighter performances of his Tottenham career.”
As such, while Conte may well decide to start Heung-Min Son ahead of Bergwijn on Sunday afternoon, it would appear to be a wise move for the Italian to instead stick with the 24-year-old, as, with it looking as if he is very much playing for his future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the forward could once again inspire his side to victory against Crystal Palace.