According to Daily Star, Steven Bergwijn may leave PSV in the upcoming January transfer window if any club can offer him regular Champions League football. Manchester United has been listed among the clubs interested in the winger, and one would think that their Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur could also turn out to be a potential suitor.
Although Spurs are currently struggling in the Premier League, we will discuss whether or not is Bergwijn a viable target for the Lilywhites.
Bergwijn is one of the most consistent Dutch attackers
Formerly a member of the Ajax youth academy, Bergwijn moved up through the ranks at PSV – a club he joined way back in 2011. The winger was promoted to the senior side in 2015, and since then, he has become one of the most premier attackers playing in the Eredivisie.
Bergwijn initially made his Eredivisie breakthrough during the 2016/17 campaign, even though he was only involved in four goals. During his ongoing four year spell with the first-team, he has made 139 competitive appearances, netting 28 goals while providing 37 assists.
Last season, in particular, Bergwijn enjoyed his most prolific season, having been involved in 26 goals in the league. His performances, however, weren’t enough for PSV to topple Ajax for the league title.
Is Bergwijn a good target for Spurs?
Bergwijn is a versatile winger who can operate on both the flanks. In fact, he can even be deployed as a false nine, meaning he could be utilised not only as an alternative for Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura or Erik Lamela but also a backup for Harry Kane.
The 22-year-old has already gained some valuable experience at the highest level of football and shouldn’t find it too difficult in integrating to the Premier League. His addition to Spurs would provide Mauricio Pochettino with extra attacking options at his disposal – something he will cherish given the strenuous schedule of English football.
Why Shouldn’t Spurs make a move for Bergwijn?
While the addition of Bergwijn does make sense, it would perhaps be wiser for Tottenham Hotspur, to first address their other prominent problems. For example, they have a dearth of reliable long-term options in defence while the departure of Kieran Trippier has left the fullback department completely vulnerable.
Moreover, it’s clear that the club needs to buy an alternative for Harry Winks, who has struggled to perform against an intense pressing unit. Therefore, instead of investing the money in a new attacker, Pochettino should focus on signing defenders as the Argentine looks to recover from a horrible start to the season.
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