Graeme Souness has heaped praise on new Tottenham Hotspur signing Steven Bergwijn during Sky Sports’ coverage of Spurs’ 2-0 win over Manchester City in north London on Sunday, after the Dutch flyer scored on his debut.
Bergwijn, a £27million signing from PSV Eindhoven in the January window, was handed a somewhat surprise start by Jose Mourinho as Spurs took on Premier League champions Manchester City. The move paid off.
Although the Netherlands ace did not have his best outing, Bergwijn certainly showed glimpses of what he is capable of – while also opening the scoring with a stunning chest and instinctive volley, after Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off.
Son Heung-min also scored to secure an excellent three points for Spurs, which pushes Mourinho’s men into fifth place and jusr four behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Souness was full of praise for Tottenham’s newest signing.
“The clearance from Kyle Walker, get some height on it, get out of the box,” Souness said. “Lovely reverse ball from Lucas Moura, but his touch. He hasn’t got time, his touch is excellent. Technique, top class.
“He’s come from a football that does not have an intensity that ours does,” Souness said, when asked if Bergwijn was struggling. His first touch is perfect, if his first touch is not that good, he doesn’t get the second one away.”
TBR’s view – Bergwijn needs time, but goal will accelerate adaptation
Overall, the Netherlands international struggled on Sunday afternoon. Although he showed glimpses, it is clear that he needs to get used to his teammates and the pace of the Premier League – especially Manchester City.
But the goal will give Bergwijn enormous confidence. Indeed, the Dutch winger will now have to wait for his first goal, and it is a reminder that he is worth the money Spurs paid. He is a top player, and that goal will fasten his switch to English football.