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‘Always had the ability to score’ – Spurs flop makes sly dig at Conte after thriving at new club

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has received a sly dig from former player Steven Bergwijn following his electric start to life at Ajax since completing a £26.4million move to the Eredivisie champions this summer, writes the Mirror.

Bergwijn was one of a number of Spurs stars who got the axe this summer after failing to impress Conte last season and subsequently fell out of favour under the Italian, yet has flourished so far this campaign.

And following his double for Ajax in their 4-0 victory over Cambuur on Saturday, taking his total for the season to six goals in five league games, Bergwijn has taken a swipe at Conte for his lack of game time last season.

Speaking to Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad after the game at the weekend, the Netherlands international said: “I’ve always had the ability to score. But if you don’t play, it’s hard to show that.

“I’m not working on that [being the top scorer this season]. I don’t have a certain number of goals in my head that I should achieve. The most important thing is to continue like this. I look at the complete picture and just want to win.”

Bergwijn also scored on his competitive debut for Ajax in their 5-3 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Johan Cruyff Shield on July 30, meaning that he actually has seven goals in six games so far this season since his arrival.