Jose Mourinho’s exit will have given Steven Bergwijn a “new lease of life” at Tottenham, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the winger would be happy to stay in north London now the Portuguese boss has gone.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims Spurs have had several enquiries over the 23-year-old ahead of the summer after a lack of game time under Mourinho.
The Dutch winger featured just once in the Portuguese manager’s final 10 league games in charge.
He was left completely out of the matchday squad for seven of those matches.
However, with Mourinho gone, Mason brought him off the bench late on in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Southampton.
Bergwijn’s last start came in the second leg against Wolfsberger, with Spurs already 4-1 up on aggregate after an away win in the first leg.
Hutton suggested the former PSV man had grown unhappy with Mourinho’s methods.
As such, he claimed the change of manager could turn his Spurs career around.
“I think it’s a fresh start for everyone, Bergwijn, Dele Alli, the whole works,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“I felt for Bergwijn because going forward in an attacking situation, I think he’s very good but under Mourinho, he was asked to be ultra-defensive. When he was playing that real defensive shape, he was playing way back at full-back at times.
“You’ve taken away his creativity so no wonder he was unhappy or he wasn’t playing his best or scoring goals. He was playing in his own team’s defensive third instead of attacking. I feel for him.
“I think there’ll be a lot of players, including him, that will feel a new lease of life this week going into training.
“Ryan Mason’s been put in charge until the end of the season. He knows the Spurs way, how they play, what the fans want. I think all these players will be really happy that someone like that, at the moment, is in charge.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll play an attacking formation. That will allow the likes of Bergwijn and people like that to flourish.”