Antonio Conte praised Tottenham Hotspur coach Steven Bergwijn. The 24-year-old striker has made a huge impression in the Dutch national team, but he is sitting on the bench for the Premier League club.
Bergwijn was the last starting line-up for Tottenham in the Premier League match against Chelsea on January 23. Since then, the former PSV Eindhoven player, who witnessed the failure of the winter transfer to Ajax, has had to content himself with short substitutes.
“We are talking about a player with a great deal of quality and potential,” Conte said at the press conference. “He is different from the other players in our team, he is good at playing one-on-one when space is tight, he can beat any man and create chances.” At the same time, The Italian believes there are still areas for improvement.” “I think Stephen has a lot of room for improvement and he has to be consistent. He has to keep working hard.”
Conte confirms that he is happy with the Dutchman. “He is a player who can make a difference. He can create opportunities for himself and others.” Despite the praise, Bergwijn has to forgive Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevsky in the flick arrangement. “I think he needs more confidence in himself. He needs to keep working hard, with or without the ball, and help the team.”
“Football is a team sport and you have to be able to help the team at any time. We are certainly talking about a player who is going through an important development”, concludes Conte. Bergwijn is contracted to Tottenham until mid-2025. According to several media outlets, Ajax is still interested.
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