Tottenham will continue their hectic week tonight when they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup – a game which could prove a big one for forward Steven Bergwijn.
Since signing for the club back in January, the Dutchman has struggled for regular game time and in truth, he’s lost his way a little bit.
Bergwijn was introduced at half-time on Sunday against Newcastle but in a left-wing role that saw him struggle to make an impact.
Tonight could be the ideal opportunity for Jose Mourinho to unleash the quick forward through the middle and give him a chance to bolster his confidence.
The boss has played down the significance of tonight’s game. Mourinho would dearly love to take the League Cup seriously, but with Maccabi Haifa to come in the Europa League on Thursday, there is a need to prioritise.
Tottenham still have plenty of fringe players they can call upon and the team should still have some quality.
The likes of Joe Hart, Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela could all earn a chance to impress against their London-rivals.
Another could be Bergwijn and Mourinho would be wise to experiment somewhat and utilise him as a striker with Harry Kane likely to get a rest.
Debut to remember
The 22-year-old cost Tottenham £27 million back in January and he couldn’t have got off to a better start at the club.
He scored in the game against Manchester City, following it up with goals against Wolves and Manchester United.
Although his goal against City came when playing out wide, there is a sense that a slight tweak could help him thrive in English football.
Bergwijn has the pace to burn and up against a Chelsea defence which shipped three at West Brom on Saturday that could prove a useful asset.
Following the restart, the man with nine caps for Holland has failed to pin down a place in Mourinho’s team; largely due to the form of Son Heung-min and Kane.
With that in mind, Bergwijn perhaps needs another string to his bow.
The youngster is a determined character and handing him the chance to play up front and possibly help himself to a goal could do wonders for his confidence.