Gary Mabbutt has told Love Sport Radio that he was impressed with Steven Bergwijn’s debut for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon as Spurs produced an excellent display to beat Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0.
Bergwijn, 22, joined Spurs last week and was instantly thrown into the side from the off against Pep Guardiola’s men. The decision from Jose Mourinho paid off, as the Dutch flyer volleyed home the first of Spurs’ two goals.
The Netherlands international has been praised for his technique, as he chested the ball down before instantly firing the ball past Ederson into the back of the net – despite close attention from Manchester City’s Fernandinho.
Former Spurs captain Mabbutt was asked about the former PSV Eindhoven’s debut and he stated he was impressed with how Bergwijn’s understanding that he would have to work hard, given that Spurs would be on the back foot.
“He came into this game knowing we’d be on the back foot, knowing he’d have to graft and work hard. There was no showboating, that’s not how we play,” Mabbutt said.
“He came in and saw exactly what it was like, saw how we want to play to get results. We can play some fantastic football at times but initially you have to go out there and win the right to play and yesterday we had to exactly that.”
TBR’s view – Bergwijn’s confidence will be sky high
Mourinho and Spurs now have to take advantage of that. The pressure and hope from Spurs fans would have been weighing Bergwijn down somewhat, given his price tag. Yet, he impressed, and scored an excellent goal.
Now, the winger will be full of confidence and Mourinho must take advantage of that by making him first choice. Spurs have three very important games coming up in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.
Bergwijn’s confidence should convince Mourinho to keep him in the starting eleven, though he is cup tied against Southampton after he was not registered in the initial tie.