Journalist Sjourd Mossou called Ajax star Steven Bergwijn “a sack of potatoes” and claimed that the former Tottenham winger had now significantly declined.
When Bergwijn left Spurs in the summer of 2022, several fans were disappointed because they believed the Dutchman had not been given as many opportunities as he should have, especially under Antonio Conte.
The 26-year-old appeared to have been well worth the €31.25 million (£26.8 million) that Ajax spent for him after an amazing start to his career at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but his play declined at the close of the previous campaign.
The Netherlands international, who has scored four goals in ten appearances across all competitions, has fluctuated in and out of the starting eleven thus far this season (Transfermarkt).
A few weeks ago, Dutch writer Valentijn Driessen made the suggestion that Ajax would try to ship the former Spurs player to Saudi Arabia when the transfer window opens in January (Voetbal Zone).
The Eredivisie giants are now languishing in 17th place after a poor start to the season. Mossou has voiced shock at the caretaker coach Hedwiges Maduro’s decision to give Bergwijn the armband.
According to Sport Witness’ translation of his statement to Voetbal Zone, “Everyone agrees that Bergwijn shouldn’t be captain.” Maybe it was just a cunning ploy to get him going, and maybe he would eventually see sense.
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Even though Bergwijn’s play has declined significantly over the past 12 months, Bergwijn cannot be held responsible for Ajax’s current situation. Any attacking player finds it challenging to contribute to a team that finds it tough to move the ball forward and create opportunities.