Darren Bent has called on Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho to give winger Steven Bergwijn a consistent run of games so he can reproduce his best form.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham striker claimed we will never see the best of the Dutchman if he is limited to a bit-part role.
The January signing made his first fifth start of the season on Thursday night in Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Royal Antwerp but was dragged off at half-time as one of four Mourinho changes.
While not naming any specific player, Mourinho said after the game, as quoted by the Express, that his side’s performance had made his future team selection “very easy”.
Asked by Football Insider why Bergwijn was not playing his best football at the moment, Bent said: “He’s still got the speed so it comes down to consistency and game time.
“If he played 10 games in a row, we’d see the best of BErgwijn.
“When he first came over and he hit the ground running with that great finish against Manchester City he was playing at PSV week in, week out.
“When you’re a bit-part player like he is at the minute, you never ever going to see the true Steven Bergwijn.
“What they need to do is give him a run of games because at the minute the only ones we see get a run of games are Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son and that’s why we see the very best of them.
“Especially for an attacking player as well, you’ve got to find your feet.
“How do you expect to see the best of him?”
Bergwijn started six consecutive Premier League games upon his arrival in north London earlier this year.
However, since then he is yet to start consecutive league games for the club.
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