Next Tottenham manager could quickly uncover the secret weapon of his big 2021/22 plans
Steven Bergwijn will follow from home this summer when the Netherlands enter a major tournament for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.
Originally named to Frank de Boer’s preliminary squad for Euro 2020, it was confirmed last Wednesday that the Tottenham man would not be part of the 26-man party for the European Championships.
A regular with the team over the past two years, Bergwijn has finally paid the price for a poor end to the season in north London after such a promising first months of the 2020/21 campaign.
Appearing to be Jose Mourinho’s first-choice right-winger despite the head coach offering options such as Gareth Bale, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, the ex-PSV started in all of Spurs’ big games before falling in disgrace at the beginning of February.
Bergwijn even found himself completely out of the squad in seven of their next ten Premier League games, with a lone appearance at Aston Villa as he was presented for the final 24 minutes of the game.
Clearly needing to regain his best form over the past few weeks after making just one minute of the Netherlands World Cup qualifiers at the end of March, the striker’s minutes improved once Ryan Mason replaced Mourinho at the helm, but game time was mostly off the bench.
Offering a rare chance of the attack against Aston Villa as he scored a stunning strike in a brilliant appearance, the 23-year-old then followed with a poor performance on the final day at Leicester City that saw him take clear a path after 68 minutes. .
A few days later, confirmation came that Bergwijn was one of eight players to be excluded from the Netherlands preliminary squad for Euro, Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa, another Premier League player, also given the bad news that it would not be included.
Seeking certainty not too long ago to be involved in the tournament due to his starting role at Tottenham, Bergwijn now faces a great summer as he tries to reclaim his place for both the club and country.
First now having the chance to enjoy a well-deserved break after two such eventful seasons, the winger will return to Hotspur Way in early July with a sense of freshness and a desire to have an immediate impact under the new manager. .
While it is still unclear exactly who will be the man who replaces Mourinho at the helm from the 2021/22 season, the new boss will have his own ideas and it will benefit a number of those at the helm. the periphery of the team. to earn a place in his starting XI.
Bergwijn could also have limited competition on the wing next season, with Bale’s future still uncertain after the loan deal between Spurs and Real Madrid ends.
Lamela is potentially another who could end up in the path but it all depends on the thinking of the new manager and what the club think is best as he prepares to enter the final year of his Tottenham contract Hotspur Stadium.
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A good performance in the preseason, then the right-wing position could be his to lose if he gets a starting spot on the opening weekend of the new campaign.
Certainly not good for the player he missed in Euro 2020 selection, De Boer’s decision could really work in Tottenham’s favor next season as Bergwijn looks to prove a point and regain his place in the international configuration.
Showing sometimes this season just how good he can be, a goal in the first few months could have made all the difference in his game, but his struggles in front of goal continued until the penultimate game of the season.
His heartache and the frustrating end of 2020/21 could cause Bergwijn to start the new term with a bang and eventually become the new manager’s secret weapon.
Hopefully that will indeed be the case as the Dutchman has a lot more to offer Tottenham.