Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has been discussing Lilywhites winger Steven Bergwijn and his current fitness situation.
This comes after Gold recently uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a variety of topics concerning the north London club.
On the topic of Bergwijn and his fitness levels, Gold had this to say on the winger. (30.53)
He said: “What he revealed, which I wasn’t aware of, he said, he’s having a lot of physical problems and it’s stopping him from training at full intensity quite a lot and he said you might have noticed, you might not have, in the last 10 minutes of the game, he was constantly holding his groin, his adductor muscle.
“I wonder, I go back to whether it’s that step up intensity and physicality of the league and whether his body is just absolutely now like trying to get hold of it and trying to adjust to what is such a very different game of football, he’s a little stocky guy, and he holds his own quite a lot but his body, I think, is playing catch up.”
Spurs signed Bergwijn back in the previous January transfer window from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £27 million.
Since then, the 23-year-old has made 35 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side across all competitions in which he has managed to score three goals and provide five assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
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TIF Thoughts on Alasdair Gold’s comments on Bergwijn…
Bergwijn’s latest appearance for Spurs came during their recent 3-0 win over Leeds United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With the Dutchman earning himself a decent match rating of 6.96/10 for his performance against Marcelo Bielsa’s side where he started the match and played the entirety of the game, which could be why he may have felt something wrong towards the latter stages of the match as Gold mentioned.
In our view, if Bergwijn isn’t at full fitness, then maybe Mourinho should give him a rest and not play him in the club’s upcoming Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford in midweek.