Danny Mills has defended Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn after he received a social media backlash for his performance against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England defender claimed it was “incredible” the Dutchman had got so much criticism considering Harry Kane missed an “absolute sitter”.
Bergwijn missed two good opportunities to give Spurs the lead against the Premier League champions before Roberto Firmino secured Liverpool a 2-1 win.
Jose Mourinho defended the 23-year-old after the game and insisted he was “one of my boys”.
Kane, 27, also had a golden opportunity to put Tottenham in the driving seat at Anfield when he missed a header from closer range while unmarked.
And Mills was left baffled it was just Bergwijn who received negative attention for his performance.
He told Football Insider: “It’s incredible Bergwijn got a bit of stick on social media for the chances he’s missed and Harry Kane by his standards missed an absolute sitter!
“He’s six-yards out, unmarked and headed it down into the ground and got his timing completely wrong. Nobody mentions it because it’s Harry Kane and he’s been absolutely magnificent.
“Bergwijn’s chances were a little bit more difficult and he did everything right – he was two inches away, three inches away to putting them into the lead.
“He’s a player of quality, a player that we’ve seen play well. He’s a Mourinho player, he’s fit, he’s energetic and he’s got quality on the ball as well.”
Bergwijn moved to Spurs in Janaury from PSV and after a mixed start to life in north London has established himself as a regular started under Mourinho.
He has started their last five Premier League games in a front three alongside Kane and Heung-Min Son.