5. Steven Bergwijn
The Dutchman arrived on the scene in dream fashion, scoring a goal in his debut against Manchester City. Last season went well for the Dutchman, contrasting starkly this campaign’s disappointment.
Another Mourinho favourite, Bergwijn’s place in the first team was almost guaranteed in the first half of the season. Nagging physical ailments hampered his progress, though, keeping Bergwijn from retaining his place.
Bergwijn sprained his ankle soon after joining Spurs last year, which will make Tottenham’s top brass wonder if recurring injuries will one day derail his career. His inability to stay fit was also compounded by a palpable lack of offensive contribution. Bergwijn, before bagging a wonder goal against Aston Villa recently, went 41 matches without scoring. That’s not good enough for an attacking player.
However, he is blessed with an abundance of offensive talent. Crafty, tenacious and fleet of foot, Bergwijn simply needs a run of games and an injection of confidence for the goalscoring floodgates to open.
The 23-year-old is committed to Tottenham and, as Jose demonstrated repeatedly, has no issue tracking back and putting in a grafter’s shift.