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Jose Mourinho admits Steven Bergwijn was not his first option in January window

As reported by the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Steven Bergwijn was not his first pick during the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old Bergwijn arrived at Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in the winter window, in a deal worth £26m. Since joining the club, the Netherlands international has made quite the impression in a short time.

Having scored on his debut against Manchester City, the Dutchman was on target in our first game after the season resumption last Friday against Manchester United. In all, Bergwijn has scored three goals in eight matches for Tottenham till date.

Steve Bergwijn

Tottenham signed Steven Bergwijn in January

In a short time, the forward has grown into an important part of the team’s attacking unit. And manager Mourinho, in an honest admission, has revealed that Bergwijn wasn’t his first option heading into the January window. (h/t Mirror)

“Initially – and I’m always very honest on this – he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter. But in the end, a great decision.”

Mourinho then went on to praise Bergwijn for his efforts in training and his attitude, claiming that he expected the Dutchman to get better with age.

“Good player, good professional, good boy. We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better.”

Mourinho admits that Bergwijn wasn't his primary target in January

Mourinho admits that Bergwijn wasn’t his primary target in January

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Given the impact that Bergwijn has made in a short time, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the club has struck gold with his signing. Hopefully, the 22-year-old builds on his fine start to life in London gets better and better.

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