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Steven Bergwijn: Tottenham striker publicly asks to leave the club after lack of first-team football

Steven Bergwijn says Tottenham ‘barely looked at him’ despite performing well for the Dutch national team.

Ajax saw a bid rejected for the striker during the January transfer window, with Antonio Conte keen to keep him after talks between the pair.

The signing of Ivan Perisic, however, surely pushed the 24-year-old even lower in the pecking order.

With only four Premier League starts before the Croatian even arrived, Bergwijn’s chances of breaking into the first team look remote at best.

Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski have become one of Europe’s most prolific front lines in the second half of the season and Perisic now offers another option.

International football, however, offered something of a refuge for Bergwijn.

In 2022 alone, the former PSV striker has scored as many goals for the Netherlands (4) as he has for Tottenham all season, including one in their huge Nations League win over Belgium on Friday.

Speaking to Dutch outlet AD after the win, Bergwijn said: “I just need to go play. I want to leave Spurs now for sure.

“Is it important that my new club plays in the Champions League? It’s not my top priority. It would be nice, but what’s important is that I’m going to play.

“I was not allowed to leave Spurs in the winter and I had no problems. But for the past few months I have hardly had any treatment there.

“I want to go play somewhere every week. It would be nice if there was clarity soon. My situation must now be different.

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