Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that attacker Steven Bergwijn is now back from his injury and is in contention to play this weekend.
Spurs host Manchester City on Saturday evening in the Premier League, as second meets 10th in the table.
Bergwijn, who cost Spurs £27million (BBC) in January, is a Dutch winger blessed with rapid pace and he’s good with either foot.
The 23-year-old looked extremely promising when he initially joined from PSV Eindhoven, but he’s now no longer a regular starter under Portuguese boss Mourinho and has scored three goals in just 26 games for the club since he joined.
He missed the win over West Brom before the international break and Mourinho has given an update on the fitness of the Holland international:
“He went to the national team injured. He was not involved vs West Brom because that week he was injured. Even so he reported to the national team, they had their medical team analysing him & they decided they didn’t want to keep him there because he wouldn’t be ready for the next match. He stayed here for the past two and in two weeks he’s recovered and he is available for tomorrow,” Mourinho explained, as quoted by Football.London.
With so much competition now at Spurs in the forward areas, it’s been extremely difficult for Bergwijn in the last few months to leave his mark.
The speedster has zero goals and two assists in his 10 appearances across all competition this campaign and has a long road ahead to try break into the XI for the league.
Bergwijn has to fight off competition from the likes of Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura just to try to fit into one of the wide positions.
The Europa League competition means he is going to get his chance to try impress, but at the minute he looks someway off the league team and it’ll be a surprise to see him start against Man City.
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