Steven Bergwijn could leave the club after Ivan Perisic signs for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham are expected to finalise a deal with Ivan Perisic in the coming days as the Croatian is believed to have agreed to join the North London outfit in a two-year deal. The 33-year-old worked under Antonio Conte during his spell at Inter and is expected to reunite with the Italian manager at Spurs.
Perisic’s move would certainly boost the team’s depth, but it can also push Bergwijn to the exit door. The Dutch forward has fallen down the pecking order under Conte and could do with trying to reignite his form at another club.
Previously, the 24-year-old winger revealed in an interview that he is open to leaving the club due to the lack of game time. He seemed frustrated with the manager’s decision which is natural with 2022 being the World Cup year.
If that’s the case there are already a series of top tier clubs who are interested in Bergwijn including Manchester United and Ajax. Bergwijn made his name at PSV Eindhoven and a move back to Holland could see him reignite his career.
Good move for Tottenham?
Even though Bergwijn has given some crucial performances in certain games, his overall influence remains vague. The youngster hasn’t been able to maintain his consistency and has failed to find Conte’s trust for an extended period of time.
Conte has favoured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min throughout the season and they continue to be one of the, if not the most, deadly Premier League partnerships. However, the Italian manager doesn’t have much backup in case his main forwards get injured or need rest in between the campaign.
Bergwijn was used as a striker by Conte on the odd occasion this season but he largely remains a winger. He is a potent option to bring off the bench and if trusted with regular starts, he can still reach the potential he showed during his days in the Netherlands.
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With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar still to come this year, there will be limited seats on the plane that carries Louis van Gaal to the middle east. Bergwijn would understand that regular playing time at the club level is an important factor that managers consider when naming their final squads.
If he can find that at Spurs despite Perisic’s arrival, then good for him. But if not, both parties separating ways will not be a surprise. However, the Croatian isn’t getting any younger and fans would perhaps question the club’s long-term planning if the arrival of a 33-year-old forces out a player nine years younger than him.