Michael Brown has claimed Steven Bergwijn is being selected ahead of Gareth Bale, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura at Tottenham because of his ferocious work ethic.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, lauded the 23-year-old’s work rate off the ball in Wednesday’s defeat to Liverpool.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed a 2-1 win for Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield, with Heung-min Son having levelled the scores in the first half.
Bergwijn, who was chosen to start once again alongside Son and Harry Kane, threatened to put the Reds to the sword but could not find the back of the net.
Brown admitted the Dutch winger could consider himself a little unfortunate with his chances but that he was still frustrated he did not score.
Brown told Football Insider: “Bergwijn, two opportunities, with them you’d have said it’d have been difficult for Liverpool but they didn’t give up and kept going.
“Mourinho loves him, doesn’t he, because of the work rate he’s putting in for his team – just like: ‘Yeah, I’ll go on the other side, up and down, I’ll get these’.
“When you’re working so hard out of possession, sometimes you get those chances in possession and you just don’t get it as well as you would hope.
“He was so unlucky, wasn’t he, on the inside of the post, the first one was a weird angle he took with the outside of his foot, but I think it was a good finish the second one, it was just obviously unfortunate.”