Tottenham forward Steven Bergwijn has admitted he may have to look elsewhere for more regular first-team football.
The Dutchman, who was the subject of interest from Ajax over the course of the January transfer window, has not started a Premier League game since mid-January following the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski
With Lucas Moura also seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order and Spurs’ attack proving prolific under Antonio Conte, the forward’s chances of breaking into the starting XI look remote at best.
Spurs rejected a £15m offer from Ajax in the summer with Conte previously hinted he would like to keep Bergwijn, however, the player himself appeared to cast doubt on his Tottenham future when speaking to Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad.
“A place in the starting line up? Here? I honestly don’t think so,” he said.
“The attack works well, but I don’t get to play much.
“A return to the Netherlands would certainly be an option for me. The World Cup is coming. Mr. Van Gaal, the national coach, brought me into the selection last time, even though I didn’t play much.”
“Then you come back to the club and you barely play. It is a shame, of course. In the summer we really have to look for a solution”.
Following the 3-1 victory over Leicester on Sunday, Antonio Conte admitted it has been ‘difficult’ for him to repeatedly name Steven Bergwin on the Tottenham bench as he feels the Dutch forward deserves to be playing more regularly.
“It’s difficult to keep him on the bench because maybe Steven is the player who deserves more but we must keep balance. ”
“He’s a striker, but there’s Harry, Sonny and Deki gives us quality and quantity. But maybe with Steven I’m giving him less than he deserves.”
The former PSV man has scored four goals in 29 appearances in all competitions this season.