Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Tottenham Hotspur To Face Heavy Battle For Dutch Winger’s Signature: Should Pochettino Go All In?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Tottenham Hotspur are set to fight out local rivals, Arsenal and Liverpool for PSV Eindhoven winger, Steven Bergwijn. Mauricio Pochettino is a man known for fielding young talents and acquiring a 20-year-old winger would go hand-in-hand with his philosophy. Bergwijn has deservedly caught the attention of plenty after impressing for the Dutch outfit last season.

He registered 8 goals and 11 assists in 36 total appearances, despite being just 20 years old. The winger has captivated the fans with his effortless skills and scintillating pace on the PSV flanks. He is already turning out to be a nightmare for the Eredivisie full-backs and is proving to be one of the best young prospects in all of Europe.

Bergwijn embarked on his professional career with the Dutch second division club, Jong PSV, where he made his debut at an age of just 17. He has been capped 41 times for the Netherlands youth sides.

Tottenham already features one of the youngest squads in the Premier League and are currently in the market for a winger. They have strengthened through Lucas Moura in the January window but the Brazilian fared poorly last term.

Pochettino’s wing options lie in Son Heung-min, Lucas, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela. Son is a cemented starter on the left and Lamela mostly gets the nod for the right wing position. He has worked hard to find his way back into the first team after spending almost a year on the sidelines with injury.

Sissoko, on the other hand, has struggled to replicate his heroics from his Newcastle days and cannot be relied upon in big fixtures. Pochettino is well aware of the depth his team needs to compete against the elites in both domestic and European competitions.

The Spurs paid the price earlier in the 2017/18 campaign when UEFA Champions League football ran alongside Premier League matches in a single week. Tottenham started to drop crucial points which eventually led them to finish well away from the top league spot.

Bergwijn could be the perfect addition to Pochettino’s needs but his addition could force someone to make a club exit. The youngster will add pace to the Tottenham attack and will give Christian Eriksen a different outlet to look towards.

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The 20-year-old could finally complete the offensive puzzle at White Hart Lane and the North London outfit could make an improved run for major honours next season with the energetic winger in their side, in case they can land him this summer.

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