Zero dribbles, zero crosses: The young £63m-rated player may have just blown his final chance
Tottenham Hotspur slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Jose Mourinho’s men were simply not at the races, which was summed up by his quadruple substitution at half-time, though it wasn’t enough to remotely swing the game in their favour, as reports the Footballfancast.
Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp needed just one goal to take the top spot in Group J and they have a calamity of errors to thank for it after Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez let Lior Refaelov fire past a helpless Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
The Special One named a side containing nine changes, handing out a super rare opportunity to Dele Alli, who hadn’t started in over a month for the club.
There was also an opportunity for Steven Bergwijn, who now sits behind Gareth Bale, Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura in the pecking order. Although after his first-half display, Erik Lamela is probably now ahead of him.
The €70m-rated (£63m) Dutch winger was hauled off at the break as one of four substitutions and after the match, Mourinho expressed how he wanted to swap the entire starting XI.
He now knows a lot more about his side and his warning shot may spell the end for Bergwijn in N17 – or at least, it’s his final chance for a while.
Per SofaScore, the 23-year-old lost possession eight times, won just 50% of his duels and failed to deliver an accurate cross or dribble. Bergwijn also only made 22 passes and had 36 touches of the ball, the fourth-lowest from the visitors.
The January arrival wasn’t even named in the matchday squad for their trip to Burnley on Monday evening, which is damning enough, so to not make the most of this golden chance is inexcusable.
Record transfer fee paid?
0 goals and 0 assists in the Premier League from four appearances is hardly encouraging either, especially with Bale back on the block.
Mourinho’s post-game reaction tells the story – it would be a mighty fine surprise to see the calamitous Bergwijn back involved anytime soon.