Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, made his first North London signing in January when the club welcomed Steven Bergwijn to N17.
Bergwijn joined from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £27m, signing a contract with the Lilywhites until 2025 (BBC).
With a long-term injury to Harry Kane, the Dutch winger was thrown straight into the starting XI and remained there until he picked up an injury of his own.
Bergwijn has already notched three Spurs goals in just eight matches, following 31 in 149 games for PSV in the Eredivisie during his time there (Wikipedia).
However, despite his impressive start to life in London, including an opening goal against Man United last week, Mourinho has now admitted that Bergwijn was not his first choice.
During his Zoom pre-match press conference, the Special One claimed that a great decision was made with Bergwijn and that he has been left impressed, but he had other signings in mind ahead of the Dutchman.
He said (Football London): “Good player, good professional, good boy. Congratulations to my club, the way they did it. Initially, and I’m always very honest on this, he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter. But in the end, a great decision.
“A player with a great future, can play on the right and the left. We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better.”
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