Ajax full-back Owen Wijndal has said that he and former Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn can develop into one of the best partnerships in Europe.

There was some disappointment among sections of the Spurs fan base when Bergwijn left the club last summer as there was a feeling that the Dutchman had not got as many opportunities as he deserved, particularly under Antonio Conte.

Steven Bergwijn

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The 25-year-old had an impressive start to the campaign at the Johan Cruyff Arena and it seemed like the €31.25m (£26.8m) that Ajax paid for him was well worth it.

However, the former Spurs man has not been able to maintain the same form over the last couple of months and has come under criticism for some of his displays.

Ajax legend Wim Kieft did not hold back in his assessment of the Netherlands international, telling De Telegraaf last week that the winger ‘lacks the will and drive to give everything’ and insisting that a lot more was expected from the player, given the fee that the Eredivisie giants paid for him.

However, Wijndal, believes that he and Bergwijn are becoming a major force to contend with down Ajax’s left flank.

When asked about his partnership with the former PSV Eindhoven man, the 23-year-old left-back told ESPN Netherlands: “Of course, many things still need to be improved. But I think we feel good about each other. We are certainly the best in the Netherlands. If we really accelerate, maybe (we can become the best in) Europe.”

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I thought when we sold Bergwijn last summer that the decision would come back to haunt us and that it would not be long before we saw the winger back in the Premier League.

However, given the winger’s recent form, the fee we got for him last summer now looks like very smart business. 

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