Although Steven Bergwijn has endured a long, difficult time in north London, it would be premature for Tottenham to sell the 23-year-old this summer.
Ajax have expressed interest in removing the Dutchman from Spurs. It would be a mistake, however, to sell the talented attacking midfielder.
In a world where you can access most things at your fingertips, people have gotten used to getting things done immediately. Instant gratification is an integral part of everyday life in the modern age.
It is often difficult to patiently wait for something, or someone, to prove its worth. Big things were expected from the Dutchman after joining Spurs in January 2020 for £ 30million.
His first match did not disappoint. Making an unforgettable, indelible and immediate splash, Bergwijn scored a sublime volley against Manchester City which will be forever spoken of in club folklore.
It is precisely the immediate return that people were looking for, even expecting. When his goals dried up, the patience of many supporters also deteriorated.
He has only scored three goals in 34 Premier League appearances since his magnificent debut. That’s a goal every 11 appearances. Not exactly the offensive exit you’d expect from someone relied on for goal production. So far each goal has cost Spurs more than £ 7million.
And while he would be the first to admit that his return from the goal is far from enough, it is still too early to put it aside.