Jose Mourinho admits Steven Bergwijn wasn’t his first choice in winter window

Jose Mourinho has recently been speaking about one of Spurs’ January additions, Steven Bergwijn.

Bergwijn joins Spurs

Tottenham’s most high-profile acquisition this past January saw Steven Bergwijn join the north Londoners.

Bergwijn, a 22-year-old winger, had previously been impressing on the books of Dutch outfit PSV.

Before linking up with Spurs, Bergwijn had managed to notch five goals and 10 assists in 16 league outings this term.

Tottenham are understood to have paid around £27m for the Dutchman’s services, a fee which, so far, looks to be decent value for money.

The pacey winger’s Premier League debut saw him bag a crucial goal as Spurs saw off Manchester City.

And in his five following league outings for the Lilywhites, the nine-time capped international has managed to find the net twice more – including a superb solo goal last week vs Manchester United.

Mourinho on Bergwijn

However, as mentioned above, Jose Mourinho, initially at least, doesn’t appear to have been too keen on Bergwijn.

Spurs are set to take on West Ham United on Tuesday evening, a tie that they really need to win to keep their diminishing European hopes alive.

Mourinho would hold his pre-West Ham press conference on Monday.

During the presser, meanwhile, the Portuguese tactician was drawn on Bergwijn’s impact at Tottenham.

After labelling the winger a ‘good player and professional’, though, Mourinho went on to admit that Bergwijn wasn’t his first-choice winter window signing:

“Good player, good professional, good boy. Congratulations to my club, the way they did it. Initially, and I’m always very honest on this, he wasn’t my first option when we decided to make a movement in the winter, but in the end, a great decision.

“A player with a great future, can play on the right and the left. We’re more than happy, not just his age, but also his professional attitude. The way he trains, the way he lives. He’s the kind of kid that can only be better.”

Quotes via football.london.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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