Steven Bergwijn has been linked with a Premier League move since Exploding onto the scene with PSV in 2014.
Since the beginning of this 2017/18 campaign, the Netherlands global has 56 target involvements in the top flight, 29 of these have been aids. He is pulling the strings for Ernest Faber’s side, and it has averaged a goal or an assist every 89 minutes this year.
Team-mate Donyell Malen stole the spotlight before in the campaign but harm has led to Bergwijn taking center stage yet again. And nightclubs are noticing.
Outlets in the Netherlands assert Daniel Levy and José Mourinho met with Bergwijn’s agents recently and a deal seems to be close. The fleet-footed flyer includes a #30million release clause in his deal, that becomes busy in the summer. Leicester City are also thought to be keeping tabs on the versatile attacker but are supporting Spurs from the race to get him.
Different reports lately have connected the 2018/19 Champions League finalists with a plethora of attackers.
Though a pure goalscorer may look like the solution, it may cause problems down the line when the Spurs No.10 is back and shooting. It’s why the accounts linking Spurs with Bergwijn make the most sense. His arrival will allow Mourinho to change Heung-min Son to a central place without losing anything the prior Bayer Leverkusen guy brings to the group out wide.
His explosive pace, coupled with his aggressive style in and out of ownership, means he is the sort of winger who gives every full-back nightmares.
He is incisive, innovative and is constantly looking to get into threatening positions. The PSV No.10 is a whirlwind and he is hard to stop. Bergwijn is still raw but that is part of his charm and , perhaps, a host of top European clubs are taking such a keen interest. There is work to be done however, with a few refinements, he is among the finest in the world in his place.
Liverpool allegedly wanted him instead to Ousmane Dembélé, though a move never materialised. Manchester United have been connected, Chelsea are thought to be long-term admirers while Arsenal wanted to add him to their attacking arsenal for a while. If Spurs land him, it is going to be a coup.
Son is considered by many to be among the best attackers in the Premier League. He has been involved in 13 Premier League goals this period, together with six goals and seven assists, and he has performed well in several of positions. A yield of 0.81 goals or assists per 90 is well above his anticipated goal participation of 0.48 but elite forward tend to outperform their basic numbers and he has done this over multiple seasons.
The Korean global progresses the ball, too. He’s completing, typically, nearly 60 percent of his dribbles and trying to close to five per 90. The Spurs No.7 is also heavily involved in the final third with 15 percent of his touches coming from the penalty area.
Granted, he’s playing in another league, one many deem to be poorer, it should not take away anything from the PSV man. He profiles tremendously well.
Bergwijn has been involved in 0.94 goals per 90 while his anticipated goal participation is 0.62 which reveals his kind is sustainable. Even if he reverted to the typical, he would still be something of an output merchant. He is finishing slightly more dribbles (three percent to be exact) though he’s trying fewer (4.4 compared to Son’s 4.78). Moreover, Bergwijn is averaging 11 percent of his touches in the playground.
The 22-year-old creates havoc and this, in turn, contributes to opportunities for team-mates. Mourinho has always been an admirer of dangerous broad players that pull their weight defensively and Bergwijn is just that.
If the reports are true and he’s available for #30million, the transfer could represent no danger in any way.