Opinion: Looking at whether Steven Bergwijn is underrated at Spurs

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Steven Bergwijn
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Here is my take: Steven Bergwijn is easily the most underrated aspect of the current Spurs team.

Yes, the Dutchman seems to have lost his shooting boots over the past season, but he still plays an important role in this Tottenham team.

Last season, when Spurs were top of the table, Bergwijn was a consistent starter in the team. Then, he was dropped and Spurs simultaneously had a drop in form.

When Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were at their best, Steven Bergwijn was present playing alongside the world-class duo. He was and still is incredible at drawing defenders away from our more dangerous players.

And this season, prior to his injury, Bergwijn showed his creative side. Against Manchester City, Bergwijn created the most chances out of any player in the match.

Against Wolves, he created a further two chances (more than every other Spurs player). And against Watford, the Dutchman won the freekick from which Son scored our only goal.

Unfortunately for Spurs and Bergwijn, the 24-year-old picked up a knock during international duty and then another injury against Rennes in the Conference League.

Tottenham have undoubtedly suffered from a lack of creativity thus far this season, however, Steven Bergwijn was critical in those first few games when we were struggling to get the ball into dangerous areas.

After Bergwijn’s injury, the club went on a three-game run of losing by at least two goals. In that run, Spurs conceded three in each fixture as well. Another underrated aspect of Bergwijn’s game is his defensive work and this could have well played a part in that.

Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping that Bergwijn is available against Newcastle after the international break and the Netherlands winger will be looking to add to his goals and assists tally for the season.

Hopefully, Stevie can start adding returns to his game and a consistent end product to show people exactly how valuable he can be.

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