Tottenham boss Conte insists he's counting on Bergwijn

1 month ago

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte insists he's happy with Steven Bergwijn.

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The midfielder has been linked with a loan move to Ajax in January.

Asked if Harry Kane would need to be rested this month, Conte told the London Evening Standard: “I think so and I also think Steven could be a good option [to deputise].

"In the past I have seen that Son played No9. Honestly, I prefer Son to play as a No10 – in the position that he is now playing. I like to have a point of reference as No9. Steven is working and we are utilising him also in this position [and] in the three positions off the striker. Steven could be a good option on the day that I want to give a rest to Harry."

Conte added: “[In Steven] we're talking about a player that has important skills. It was a pity for me – but not the [Dutch] national team, because he scored in qualifying – because I would have liked to have him during the two weeks of the international break to work with him and know him much better.

“But for sure he has great quality. He's good one-v-one, he's fast, he can beat a man and also score. He's understanding what I want from him. Tonight, he's ready and available – and I'm counting on him."

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