Despite failing to score in Tottenham’s emphatic 7-2 win on Thursday night, manager Jose Mourinho hailed his attacker Steven Bergwijn for his performance in the European fixture.
Spurs avoided an upset against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa to win their Europa League play-off tie at home and qualify for the group stages of the competition.
Harry Kane’s excellent start to the season continued with a hat-trick to his name, plus there were goals from Giovani Lo Celso (two), Lucas Moura and Dele Alli.
The North London club will now wait to see who they draw in the group stages on Friday and it’s a competition they are expected to go deep into.
Mourinho gave credit in his post-match interview to Bergwijn, who failed to get on the scoresheet himself.
The Dutch winger got a full 90 minutes under his belt, where he injected so much quality in the final third with his energy and directness, which was at least rewarded with two assists.
“He was very, very important. He didn’t lose the ball. He dropped, he got the ball, he beat people. He was really good. I am sorry for him that he did not score. A very good performance. Physically he is getting better, he is getting sharper,” Mourinho responded when asked about Bergwijn’s performance, as quoted by Football.London.
Bergwijn is yet to start a Premier League game so far, but he’s been given plenty of opportunities on the pitch to impress and he certainly caught the eye in the Europa League match.
The 22-year-old speedster was electric at times out wide as the left-winger and the shame for him is that he was unable to get his first goal of the season.
With Gareth Bale working his way back to fitness, the competition in the wide areas is only going to get even tough and Bergwijn has to make the most of his chances.
He is an all-action attacker that has got the potential to improve and is already a serious threat with the ball at his feet, but just needs to be a little calmer to improve his end product.