Former Tottenham Hotspur star Steven Bergwijn opens up on summer move to Ajax Amsterdam
Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Steven Bergwijn has claimed that he was hoping for a transfer to Ajax as game time with the North London club looked uncertain.
The Dutch national was signed in the winter of 2020 under the tenure then Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho. The 24-year-old got a run-in with the team in his debut campaign and impressed a lot of fans.
But just a year into his North London experience, Bergwijn claims, via De Telegraaf (Subscription Required) [h/t football.london], that he was looking forward to moving away from Spurs. He is now happy with the outcome as he finally joins Ajax.
“I have been looking forward to this for a year and a half. I’m glad everything is over, and I’m rid of the uncertainty. Now I have peace in my head.”
In his first full season at the club in the 2020/21 campaign, the Holland international featured in 35 games, scoring just one goal. He didn’t light up the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and fans were left disappointed.
With the uncertainty around managers at Tottenham, the 24-year-old has never really had a consistent run in the first XI. And in the 2021/22 season, Bergwijn started just four Premier League games.
The Dutchman has been waiting on negotiations between the North London side and the Eredivisie champions. The former PSV star had already agreed to personal terms with Ajax and had to anxiously wait to know his future.
“I had already dealt with Ajax about my contract, but then the clubs still had to come to an agreement. That was down to me. When you’re on holiday, you’re thinking about what will happen. I was away, but I couldn’t relax completely.”
Bergwijn moves back to familiar territory, having developed as a star in the Netherlands. The Dutch national was also in the youth setup at Ajax before a move to the Red and Whites.
At PSV, the 24-year-old shined, scoring 31 goals and providing 41 assists in 149 appearances. But English football is an entirely different prospect. Playing in a side with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min made getting first-team football challenging.
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Bergwijn is still young and has his future ahead of him. The 24-year-old moves back to Holland in hopes of more game time. Ahead of the World Cup, he feels it’s important to stay match fit and play week in, week out.