‘Steven Bergwijn is another’ – Conte opens up on striker options at Spurs

Steven Bergwijn
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Antonio Conte has opened up on his striker options at Tottenham, seemingly mentioning Steven Bergwijn in the equation. 

It was a Boxing Day to remember for Tottenham fans as they put three past Crystal Palace, recorded a clean sheet, and put in a generally entertaining performance.

The improvements under Conte were there for all to see again, with the wing-backs pushing up high and the front three getting into some very dangerous positions.

In fact, Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son were all on the scoresheet for the Lilywhites, while Emerson Royal picked up an assist from the right side.

Tottenham play again in just 48 hours when they travel away to Southampton on the 28th as they look to record yet another three points under Conte.

When talking about strikers who can receive the ball and strikers who can run in behind, Conte claimed Spurs need to improve both techniques.

He said (Football London): “I think we have the strikers that are very good at receiving the ball and creating something important, to make assists. At the same time, we have very good strikers when they have space in front of us to attack.

“We’re trying to improve both situations. When you find a team that stays in their half, you have to be good to use more quality.

“Not run but to use all your quality to make a good pass, to beat a man in a small space. But for us, it’s great to have these type of strikers. Steven Bergwijn is another player with these characteristics.

“We have to continue to work and continue this with the strikers. I’m happy today because they scored and they have to thank the rest of the team because they worked very hard to create chances. They scored and I am very happy for them.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I feel like Conte now sees Bergwijn as Harry Kane’s understudy, as well as an option on the left. We saw him come on to replace Kane as a number 9 with 30 minutes to go today. It will be interesting to see how he develops there. Any minutes on the pitch are good.

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