Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has criticised Tottenham for the signing of Steven Bergwijn and has claimed that Jose Mourinho wouldn’t have been particularly keen on landing the winger.
Spurs completed the signing of Bergwijn from PSV Eidovhen for a reported fee of around £22 million earlier this week (Football.London).
The 22-year-old has been one of the best players in the Eredivisie for the last couple of seasons and Mourinho revealed his delight at being able to secure his services (Football Daily).
However, Nicholas believes that the Dutch international isn’t what Spurs should have prioritised in the January window and the club should have instead focused on making defensive additions.
In his weekly Premier League predictions column for Sky Sports, Nicholas wrote: “Tottenham got an amazing deal with £16m for Christian Eriksen. I thought Inter Milan would wait until the summer.
“They have got out of jail with that, but you cannot get out of jail with their defence, even with Hugo Lloris back. They are sapped of all energy and Eric Dier looks like he is running through treacle.
“Why have they brought a winger in Steven Bergwijn? They have it all wrong. This is not a Jose Mourinho signing. This is about business and bringing in some money. Can Jose get them to the top four? I am not sure.”
The pundit backed Manchester City to ease past the Lilywhites when the two sides go up against each other at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday claiming Pep Guardiola’s side have too much firepower up front.
He added,:”Man City on the other hand, have been racking up some goals. Leroy Sane is back in training but Aymeric Laporte is back – what a massive boost that is.
“Raheem Sterling has been so quiet but he is ready to spark at some point and he does like a London trip, so this could be the one for him.
“Prediction: Tottenham 1-3 Manchester City.”
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There is simply no evidence to suggest that Jose Mourinho did not give the green light to sign Bergwijn. We needed to add another winger to the squad in order to push Son and Moura and I believe the Dutch international will be a good fit for the club. It is worrying however that we haven’t yet signed a striker with just hours left until the transfer window shuts.
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