Opinion: The five Spurs players who could benefit from the international break

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With two weeks off club football, this fortnight will give many players the chance to refresh. For others, it will involve some much-needed game time. So which players could really take advantage of this international break?

Steven Bergwijn 

The Dutchman appeared to be a mainstay in Jose Mourinho’s Premier League team towards the beginning of the season. This was the case until it became clear that he couldn’t find the back of the net.

His place has since been taken by the lively Lucas Moura, so his return to the Netherlands national team could provide a good opportunity to reignite the winger’s form.

His game time for Spurs has been extremely lacking late, so Bergwijn will hope that the return to his home country can spark a change of fortunes. And it might well, with the 2020 signing having notched twenty-two goals for his national side across all age groups.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane’s form never seems to evade him. However, what is slightly concerning, is how jaded he looked in the second leg against Dinamo Zagreb recently. With England playing their qualifiers against some lower-ranked countries, Kane could well get some much-needed rest.

He will undoubtedly get some minutes on the pitch, but such is the calibre of teams that England face, Kane could return to North London ready and raring to go for the remainder of the season.

Joe Rodon

It’s been a mystery to most fans as to why the young Welshman hasn’t been getting more game-time when it is clear that the centre-back couldn’t possibly do worse than some of the others this season.

Add this to the fact that Rodon will need to play in order to gain experience, it will be of comfort to fans that he has solidified a place in the Wales team. He has already started in the middle of a back three against a strong Belgian side in this international break, so he should come back to Spurs full of confidence.

Eric Dier

Dier has found himself out of the Spurs side since the defeat at West Ham back in February. Although many may argue that this has been entirely justified, Dier, despite his own high levels of confidence, will need minutes on the pitch if he is going to return to form.

As already has been alluded to, England’s fixtures shouldn’t present much of a challenge. Therefore, if Dier does find himself in the England team, this may provide the perfect tonic for the centre-back to bring back to his club football.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has clearly found his fitness of late. His recent starts and impressive performances have been evidence of this, which has been encouraging for fans to see.

However, Bale was dragged off against Arsenal and did not feature at all against Aston Villa so it will be important for him to keep plying his trade on the pitch if he is to be a major influence for Spurs in the run-in.

With a cup final to think about as well, we’ll all be wanting the Welshman to be firing, which can only be helped by playing for his national team.

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