Dejan Kulusevski may have ended teammate's Tottenham career amid £20.8m transfer update - pundit
Noel Whelan has suggested Dejan Kulusevki’s arrival at Tottenham may force Steven Bergwijn out the exit door this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the January signing has pushed the Netherlands international down the pecking order in north London.
The Athletic (5 May) claim Bergwijn, 24, will have many suitors for his signing this summer, with a source stating that they “100 per cent” expect him to leave.
Tottenham are said to have set a £20.8million asking price, a fee Ajax were reportedly unable to meet in January.
Spurs signed Kulusevski, 22, on loan from Juventus in the winter window, with Antonio Conte hinting strongly that it will be made permanent this summer.
Whelan suggested that could see Bergwijn leave Spurs.
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“Conte’s not going to bring him Kulusevski from Juve and not play him,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“You’ve got the trust in the manager when you’ve worked with them before. You’re always going to bring in players you know and you can trust. It just goes to show that he’s ahead of Begwijn in the pecking order. You’ve got to take a step back as a player.
Yes, you can fight for your place but when a manager really, really likes a player and he’s always going to be in the team, you then have to think: ‘Well, this seems to me like another season where I’m going to be on the bench.’
“It’s not enough for somebody like Bergwijn. It seems to me that he needs to be playing week in, week out consistently somewhere
“If you’re looking at his age, £21million does seem a bargain. For a Dutch international, a young, up and coming player not even into his best football years yet, £21million is not a lot of money.
“He’s got a lot to offer. I’ve seen some great performances from him. There’s still more improvement in his game and you get that by playing him regularly. That’s how you get that sharpness, and you get that belief in your game.
“He can go somewhere and do really, really well and be that big player that people expected.”