You have to sympathize with Steven Bergwijn.
When he scored those two goals in the final 80 seconds of Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive 3-2 away win at Leicester City in January, the Dutchman’s performance sounded like a masterclass in salvaging his Premier League career.
With his confidence restored and Antonio Conte singing his praises, this King Power cameo should mark the rebirth of Tottenham’s £27million winger.
However, that was until Dejan Kulusevski was loaned out by Juventus a few weeks later.
These days, Bergwijn’s heroic performance at Leicester feels less like a ‘sliding door moment’ and more like the latest in a series of false dawns from a man who has had his fair share since joining from PSV Eindhoven two years ago.
Bergwijn did not start a single Premier League game after Kulusevski’s arrival.
He has played just five minutes in Tottenham’s last three games.
And if the London giants manage to sign a third Juventus player since the turn of the year – Corriere dello Sport believe Spurs are leading the hunt for Paulo Dybala on a free transfer – then it’s hard to imagine Conte hammering another nail in Bergwijn’s Premier League coffin.
Will Paulo Dybala finally join Tottenham Hotspur?
Juventus confirmed this week that Dybala, one of world football’s rising superstars a few years ago and a man who has been dubbed by many as a future Ballon D’Or winner, will leave the Allianz Stadium when his contract expires in July.
Dybala came within reach in August 2019 for around £65m to join Tottenham, with the transfer falling through due to the Argentine’s wage demands (TalkSPORT).
Now, with Antonio Conte at the helm and former Juve director Fabio Paratici pulling the strings behind the scenes, Tottenham are in a position of real strength when it comes to fending off competition from their high-profile rivals.
Additionally, the presence of Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur in north London promises to ease Dybala’s adjustment should a move to the English capital finally bear fruit.
“Dybala? I can only learn from the path that Paulo has taken,” said Kulusevski tuttosport his former (and future?) teammate.
“I love the way he plays. He has the game on his mind. And with his left foot, he invents magic otherwise only seen on PlayStation.”
Kulusevski wanted to follow in Dybala’s footsteps at Juventus. Two years later, Dybala Kulusevski could soon follow instead.
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