Steven Bergwijn likely missing his chance
Steven Bergwijn was a regular in the Netherlands squad when he was playing at PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch are known to prefer players who are playing in their country’s Eredivise. Outside of missing a few qualifiers due to injury, Bergwijn was playing regularly for the Dutch side. However, since joining Tottenham things have changed.
While Bergwijn was included in his first call-up in September 2020 after joining Spurs, he missed out on the October call-up and then was out with a knock in November. Unlike Alli and Winks, however, Bergwijn was back in the team in March of this past year for the World Cup qualifiers. Bergwijn only played a minute across three matches but he was part of the side.
However, following a tough April and limited minutes under Ryan Mason, Bergwijn was left out of the team for Euros. Given Nathan Ake, who only made 10 appearances all season for Manchester City, made the side one would have thought Bergwijn should have been part of the conversation.
After seeing just how much the Dutch are leveraging the wide positions in the current set-up to not even have a chance has to be disappointing for Bergwijn and is hopefully driving him on.
As for disappointment driving a player to more, one Tottenham midfielder likely feels hard done.