Tottenham Hotspur winger Steven Bergwijn has had a superb start to life under Jose Mourinho at Spurs.
Looking back at his time at Tottenham so far, Premier League legend Jamie Carragher suggested that he wasn’t sure how the Dutchman would cope, in conversation with ViaSport.
The 22-year-old joined Spurs on 29 January from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven for a reported £27million fee (BBC Sport) on a contract until the summer of 2025.
The winger scored on his debut against Manchester City and looked a big threat during his last Premier League outing against Aston Villa, in a game which Spurs ran out 3-2 winners.
Bergwijn also showed flashes of quality in the Champions League clash in midweek, even though Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by RB Leipzig.
Carragher has suggested that Bergwijn is showing signs that he can adapt to the Premier League well, which is great news considering what the Liverpool legend perceives to be a big jump from the Eredivisie to the English top flight.
“There is no doubt about it, he’s made a brilliant start,” Carragher told ViaSport. “The goal he scored against Manchester City was a fantastic moment. Normally Dutch players you’re not quite sure how they’ll play in the Premier League.
“We’ve had some fantastic players, but also some real flops and can’t make that jump from the Eredivisie to the Premier League, but he’s made a decent start. What this Tottenham side lacked in the Pochettino era is real pace in the team, but I think with Bergwijn and Lucas Moura they still have that pace.”
You could argue that any players who make the switch to the Premier League from overseas will need to adapt to the different style of play, but luckily for Spurs, Bergwijn hasn’t needed any time to acclimatise to the English top flight.
The Dutchman has instantly bolstered Mourinho’s ranks and, particularly at a time when the club’s attacking department is in the middle of a crisis, he could potentially be deployed to lead the line more often in recent weeks.