‘It’s magnificent’ – Mourinho explains how Bergwijn signing gives the attack balance

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur managed to complete three January signings in the winter transfer window this year as Jose Mourinho begins to rebuild the squad.

While Christian Eriksen was sold and Danny Rose was loaned out, the Lilywhites welcomed Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan, Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal, and Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven.

The latter came somewhat out of the blue for Spurs fans, as the 22-year-old winger joined the North London club for a fee of around £27m (Daily Mail).

Bergwijn has already played 29 games for PSV this season, scoring six goals and assisting 13 more for his teammates (TransferMarkt).

Unfortunately, Tottenham were unable to bring in a new centre-forward for Bergwijn to play off, which Mourinho acknowledged was a problem in the midst of Kane’s injury.

However, he claimed that Bergwijn can play on the left and right, which matches up nicely with Son who prefers the left and Lamela and Moura who prefer the right.

Mourinho said (Football London): “In the club, [he’s a] left-winger. In the national team, right-winger. He doesn’t have a favourite.

“For me, both, and that’s a good thing. Lamela prefers to play on the right side, Lucas of course also prefers to play on the right side.

“Son prefers to play on the left but it doesn’t matter for him to play on the right so with these four guys, we have many options for the wide areas and the wide areas are very important for our future.

“Imagine Harry Kane with these four options on the side, it’s magnificent. In this moment, are we going to have a problem [without Spurs signing a striker]? Yes, we are going to have a problem but that’s the way it is.”

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