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Joe Hart explains how Tottenham 23-year-old has been underused this season

Tottenham goalkeeper Joe Hart has explained that club teammate Steven Bergwijn has been underused this season.

Hart is adamant that Spurs have not made the most of Bergwijn’s finishing and reckons it’s a key area of his game where he can show much more on the pitch.

Bergwijn, 23, will feel disappointed with his own individual return now that the season has concluded. 

The £27million (BBC) Dutch attacker managed just one goal and seven assists in 35 games across all competitions.

His solo goal was a stunning effort that he powered in against Aston Villa earlier in the month, but it’s just not happened for him in the final third this year.

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It must be extremely frustrating for the attacker to know he’s scored four goals in 51 Spurs appearances since he joined from PSV Eindhoven in January 2020.

He started on fire with three goals in his opening six league matches, but has lost that momentum quickly. 

“We’ve not got him in enough positions to shoot this year,” Hart said

“That will sky rocket when he’s put in the right positions,” Hart explained when discussing Bergwijn’s shooting rating on FIFA 21.

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TBR’s View:

Bergwijn is a quick attacker with bags of agility, directness and energy to his game.

It’s hard to put him in the category of a great finisher given his goal return, but teammate Hart is someone that will train with him every day in shooting drills.

There are a crop of forward players in the Spurs squad he’s competing with such as Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, and each is likely to get a fresh start when a new manager is appointed.

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