Report: Tottenham man has uncertain future, Antonio Conte dislikes him, club interested

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Steven Bergwijn has an uncertain future at Tottenham Hotspur this campaign as he’s been short of form, fitness and playing time. The 24-year-old hasn’t made a big impact in his third season at Spurs and could be on his way out as he doesn’t have the liking of new manager Antonio Conte.

Bergwijn’s poor form has led to a lack of interest compared to AC Milan, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Manchester United being linked two years ago, but Mike Verweij says he does have one suitor.

He revealed on De Telegraaf’s football podcast (h/t Sport Witness): “Ajax is busy with Brobbey and also fully committed to Bergwijn. I think they only want to loan this season, that applies also for Bergwijn. Ajax had very bad figures last year, also because of Corona.”

Whether Tottenham are open to loaning Bergwijn out in January remains to be seen, however, as it wouldn’t save them a lot of money and would require the Lilywhites to replace him for the duration on his spell away.

The Netherlands international joined Spurs from PSV Eindhoven in January 2020 and has gone on to make 60 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals with nine assists. Bergwijn’s poor form last season led to him being dropped from the national team for Euro 2020, but he’s since returned to the fray.

Bergwijn has made 9/22 appearances across the board this campaign, amassing 474 minutes of football from a possible 1980. He’s yet to score a goal and has made just one assist, so it’s easy to see why he’s behind Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son and new-boy Bryan Gil in the pecking order.

Verweij believes Bergwijn’s biggest issue will be with Conte, as the former Inter manager rejected the chance to sign him in Italy and has barely spoken to him since taking over Tottenham. January deals for valuable first-team players are less common as it’s hard to replace them in only a month, so time will tell if Ajax land his signature.