Steven Bergwijn as a player is an extremely exciting talent considering his young age and the fact that he possesses the ability to be a world-class player.
We have seen him show it on a few occasions, yes I am talking about THAT goal against City.
Even though he lacks the output on the offensive end, only scoring three times and assisting another six in thirty-six games in all competitions, he provides many key attributes that are imperative for a modern attack to be functional.
The most important of these attributes is his field spacing. Yes, his pace, power, and dribbling are great! However, for the sake of our attack, his spacing drags a defender or two away, allowing for Ndombele, Sonny and Kane to shine.
Look at the second goal against Manchester City, for example. He dragged the centre-back away with a run across the face to then free up Giovani Lo Celso for an easy pass from Kane that would eventually lead to a goal.
It’s these intelligent runs that make Spurs’ counter-attacks so deadly as they open up space for Son to run in behind.
It should also be said that Bergwijn’s defending is very underrated. He works hard in and out of possession, tracking his man and trying to win the ball back in the press.
He is a clean player too, barely ever seeming to give a dangerous foul away, unlike some people in the current squad.
In my opinion, he should be starting every game with Bale and Clark as his back-ups. Lucas is quick and provides a spark off the bench but is nowhere near consistent enough to start consistently.
Lamela is also an amazing squad player and truly a man for the fans, but I think we need to use them both to raise funds for a new central defender in the future.
Alas, that is an argument for another day.
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