Opinion: Looking at whether Bergwijn will realise his potential this season

Steven Bergwijn
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Despite his poor campaign last season, Steven Bergwijn has all the tools to succeed at Spurs. His dribbling, pace, and positioning are all at the levels that would be expected of a top player in his position.

Unfortunately, Bergwijn seems to let his confidence dictate his game…

Prior to the game against Liverpool, last season – in which he missed two clear-cut chances – Bergwijn was a regular starter in the side and consistently put in solid performances, despite the lack of goals and assists.

However, after the Liverpool game, Bergwijn lost his place in the side, and you could see that his head metaphorically dropped.

Thankfully, Bergwijn had a solid pre-season and first match of this season this time around.

After returning to Hotspur Way, Bergwijn was one of two players Nuno Espirito Santo was said to have been impressed with. The Dutchman, reportedly returned in “brilliant” shape, as relayed by Alasdair Gold.

Bergwijn put in some solid pre-season performances, despite Son stealing the headlines. With a goal and assist to his name, he looked as though he should have been full of confidence going into the new season.

That was evident as the winger registered an assist in the opening day fixture against Manchester City, while also running his socks off for the team in an impressive performance.

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come as Stevie only registered four assists in the entirety of the last Premier League season.

My gut feeling is that this could be the year Bergwijn finally realises his true potential in a Lilywhite shirt… but only time will tell.

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