Jose Mourinho needs reinforcements for his Tottenham squad in this winter window. Particularly in attack with Harry Kane’s injury. With just days remaining until the end of January, the sole addition of Gedson Fernandes isn’t enough. Talks over a move for Willian Jose began a week or so ago. However nothing has materialised as of yet. Now, they’re set to sign young and talented Dutch winger. Steven Bergwijn probably rings a bell.
The 22 year old, according to Sky Sports, is in London awaiting to have a medical subject to a deal being struck between PSV and Spurs. The latest news now is that Tottenham have agreed a deal for him, worth £26.5 million plus add-ons. The Holland international made his Eredivisie debut at just 17 years of age for Eindhoven and has since continued his development. Now after 3 impressive seasons in his homeland, Bergwijn looks set to take the next step in his career.
Premier League fans may have heard of the attacker. But the vast majority probably aren’t aware of his qualities or what he could bring to Spurs. Allow us to give you a profile on potentially Tottenham’s new signing.
Steven Bergwijn – Style of Play
To begin with, let’s talk about the last 3 seasons for Steven Bergwijn. The former Ajax youth academy member, who left Amsterdam for PSV’s youth system at 14 years of age, has been going from strength to strength in the Netherlands top tier. In 81 games in the Eredivisie, he has scored 27 goals and laid on a further 29 assists. Very impressive statistics, reminiscent of Memphis Depay’s time with PSV. As a matter of fact, Bergwijn is similar to the now Lyon attacker in terms of their play style
At 5ft 10, the Netherlands international is surprisingly strong, able to hold up the ball, as shown in the video, and hold his own against taller, stronger players. So alongside having the agility and low centre of gravity most wingers have, the PSV winger isn’t physically weak by any means.
As you would expect from a young winger, he’s lightning quick and a brilliant dribbler. The subtle drop of shoulder and quick turns in the video highlight how easily Bergwijn can beat his man. He’s averaged an impressive 2.5 dribbles per game in the Dutch league this season. 3.2 last year! The fast foot work, delicate flicks and general ability on the ball, he’s got it all in his locker.
But that’s the minimum you want from a young winger at the highest level. It’s their attacking output and end product which defines how good they become. Bergwijn certainly produces in the final third. As I mentioned earlier, 56 goal contributions in two and a half seasons is outstanding. But we can break it down further, to emphasise the technical ability of the PSV prospect.
A stunning 2.8 key passes per game is the creativity Tottenham are crying out for. The video shows the footballing IQ the 22 year old has. Either disceting defences with one ball, or playing quick one-twos, he’s a brilliant creator. Not to mention the shooting.
Like Memphis a few years ago, Bergwijn is fearless and willing to test the keeper from distance. The quality of some of the goals in the video highlight that. Outside the box, don’t give him space, or he’ll punish you. But he’s not a one trick pony either. Cutting inside on his right, he’s a good finisher in the box too. Perhaps the only criticism of him is his left foot isn’t any where near as strong.
Can he do what Depay couldn’t?
But other than that, Steven Bergwijn looks like a frightening forward ready to test himself in the harsh lights of the Premier League. Dutch players go one of two ways in England. Legends like Dennis Bergkamp or flops like Depay. Spurs fans will hope that he doesn’t struggle like the latter did at Old Trafford. I have high hopes personally.
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