After struggling with his end product this season, Steven Bergwijn has found himself on the fringes of the first-team squad of late. This is mostly due to Lamela’s return from injury and the upturn in form from both Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale.
At the beginning of the season, Bale was still recovering from his injury, Lamela was in and out of the side, and Lucas did not link up well with Son/Kane. Due to this, Spurs were consistently playing Bergwijn as their third attacker.
Bergwijn was played in most big games, including the wins over Man City and Arsenal, and although he showed his potential, the winger failed to score or provide any meaningful attacking contributions.
The 23-year-old received a lot of criticism and abuse as a result and this forced him to limit comments on his Instagram posts.
The hate Steven Bergwijn received did not help him break his goal drought either, although he did notch two assists in late January.
In more recent times, Bale has improved his form, Lucas is amongst the goals and Lamela has returned from his injury in a positive fashion.
Because of these factors, Bergwijn will find his playing time in the next few weeks coming mostly in the Europa League, as it did last night. This is perfect for Stevie and his development this season.
It is perfect because the Dutchman will be out of the spotlight and be under less pressure to perform. Without the added pressure, Bergwijn will be able to find his form against players who are not on his level.
If he can score a few goals and grab a few assists in the Europa League, similar to Bale and Moura earlier this season, hopefully he will be able to find his form once more.
Once he is back to his goal-scoring self, Bergwijn will be reintroduced into the Premier League. With his newfound form, the Dutchman could eventually find himself battling with the likes of Bale, Son, Lucas and Lamela for consistent minutes.
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