Netherlands boss Frank de Boer has said that he never considered dropping Steven Bergwijn from the Dutch squad despite the winger’s struggles for regular game time at Tottenham.
Spurs fans would have hoped at the start of the season that Bergwijn would be able to make a big mark in his first full campaign at the club but the winger has flattered to deceive.
The former PSV Eindhoven man was a regular in the starting eleven at the start of the season when the North Londoners went on a good run of form.
Even though he was not really making a difference in the final third, the Dutchman was heralded for his work-rate in tracking back.
However, he has seen himself fall down the pecking order in recent months with the likes of Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura having impressed and Gareth Bale has shown signs of getting back to full fitness.
Bergwijn now faces an uphill task to fight his way back into the Tottenham side but de Boer, who replaced Ronald Koeman as the Netherlands manager, insisted that he never thought about leaving the 23-year-old out.
He told Leeuwarder Courant: “(Van de Beek) has made a fantastic transfer to (Manchester) United and is still at the beginning of his career. You do not give up immediately.
“Steven Bergwijn does not play much at Spurs either. But I have not considered not calling them.”
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While Bergwijn does not seem under the risk of being left out of the Netherlands’ squad for the Euros, the Spurs man seems to have lost his place in the starting eleven as he was a unused substitute in their loss to Turkey on Wednesday. With Moura’s improved run of form over the past couple of months, Bergwijn now looks the most likely of all our wide players to be sold in the summer.
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