Though Steven Bergwijn has endured an extended rough patch in north London, it would be premature for Tottenham to sell the 23-year-old this summer.
Ajax has shown interest in taking the Dutchman off of Spurs’ hands. It would, however, be a mistake to sell the talented attacking midfielder.
In a world where you can access most things at your fingertips, people have become accustomed to getting things immediately. Instantaneous gratification comes part and parcel with everyday living in the modern era.
It’s often difficult to wait patiently for something, or someone, to prove their worth. Big things were expected of the Dutchman after he joined Spurs in January 2020 for a fee of £30 million.
His debut match didn’t disappoint. Making an unforgettable, indelible and immediate splash, Bergwijn scored a sublime volley against Manchester City that will forever be spoken about in club folklore.
That’s the precise immediate return people were looking for, even expecting. When his goals dried up, so too did the patience of many supporters.
He’s scored just three goals in 34 Premier League appearances since his magnificent debut. That’s a goal every 11 appearances. Not exactly the offensive output you’d expect from somebody relied on for goal production. Thus far each goal has cost Spurs over £7 million.
And while he’d be the first to admit his goal return is nowhere near good enough, it’s still far too soon to cast him aside.