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‘Great future’, ‘can only be better’: Jose Mourinho blown away by Spurs 22-year-old

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‘Great future’, ‘can only be better’: Jose Mourinho blown away by Spurs 22-year-old

Tottenham Hotspur boss has waxed lyrical about Steven Bergwijn ahead of Spurs’ Premier League meeting with West Ham on Tuesday night, in conversation with Football London.

The 22-year-old joined Tottenham in January from PSV Eindhoven for a reported £27million fee (BBC Sport) on a contract until the summer of 2025.

Bergwijn’s Spurs debut came on 2 February against Manchester City and it could hardly have gone any better as he opened the scoring for his new side with a stunning volley en route to a 2-0 win.

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He also netted against Wolves at the start of March and, following the three-month suspension of English football, made it three in eight with the opener against Manchester United last week.

Mourinho is pleased that Spurs pushed ahead with the Dutchman’s signing, even if he was not his primary target, and has tipped him for a great future.

“Good player, good professional, good boy,” the Portuguese told Football London.


“Congratulations to my club, the way they did it. Initially, and I’m always very honest on this, he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter. But in the end, a great decision.

“A player with a great future, can play on the right and the left. We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better.”

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Bergwijn has been thoroughly impressive since joining Spurs earlier this year, adding an extra dimension to Spurs’ attack, and three goals in his first eight games for the club certainly bodes well for the future.

As well as his heroics on the pitch, Mourinho lauding his professional attitude is even more music to the ears of all connected with the club, and as Bergwijn acclimatises more and more to the Premier League and to his team, there’s no doubt that the best is yet to come from him.

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