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The Lilywhites must surely regret selling their £25m flop under Antonio Conte…

In a recent fan forum, the chairman recognized his errors with the hirings of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte: “I had gone through a time where we’d almost won. We experienced some wonderful experiences with Mauricio. Though we fell short, we came extremely close and changed our approach. Let’s hire a trophy manager, was the plan.


“Look, we did it twice; you must learn from your errors. Although they’re excellent managers, maybe not for this

club. For what we want, we want to play in a certain way and if that means it has to take a little bit longer to win maybe it’s the right thing for us. That’s why bringing Ange in was from my point of view the right decision.”

It must be acknowledged that Ange Postecoglou has already made significant progress toward accomplishing such a goal. He is now poised to usher in another promising administration that will hopefully go even further than Pochettino did.

Those who may have failed in the past have found success under the charming Australian, and the Lilywhites are soaring. Even Heung-min Son, who had a difficult year by his standards but is now poised to serve as the team’s new captain and guide them into this more promising future, appears to be back to his dazzling best.

How did Heung-min Son perform last season?

Having started the new term in blistering fashion, with six goals already in just eight league games, it is crazy to think that the South Korean is already over halfway towards matching his goal tally from last season.

His poor performance was evident in the fact that he only scored ten league goals for the entire season and only scored once in his first 15 games, although a hat-trick. It represented such a drastic decline from a player who won the Golden Boot in 2021/22 and seemed unstoppable throughout the entire season.

Despite this, he has spoken out about the positive leadership change that is helping everyone, not just him: “I am very pleased that I am working with him. As a player and a person, I have gained so much knowledge. Although the voyage has been amazing thus far, I believe our future collaboration will be even more enjoyable.

Because he is providing us with so much useful information as a manager and a human, I will comply with all he requests. We are incredibly pleased to be working with him.

Given how significant Son is to him once more, it may seem ridiculous to say it now, but there would have

certainly been grounds for questioning Conte’s decision to sell Steven Bergwijn, who was starring in his homeland whilst pure devastation occurred in N17.

Why did Spurs sell Steven Bergwijn?

Having joined under Mourinho, the acquisition of the Dutch winger marked an exciting one given he had scored five and assisted ten in just 16 Eredivisie matches in the run-up to January, and had commanded a mouth-watering £25m fee.

It would turn out to be a bad trade, though, as the cunning player couldn’t keep up with the roughness of English football despite scoring a unique debut goal to beat Manchester City.

In his year and a half in north London, the 26-year-old could only mange 83 appearances, scoring a pitiful eight goals and setting up another ten before slinking back to his native country in the return he had been hoping for:

This is something I’ve been anticipating for a year and a half. I’m relieved that everything is over and the uncertainty is gone. Regarding his move to Ajax, he told Dutch publication De Telegraaf, “Now I have serenity in my thoughts.

“I had previously discussed my contract with Ajax, but the clubs still needed to come to an agreement. It was all up to me. While on vacation, you anticipate what might occur. Even though I was away, I couldn’t fully unwind.

During his time at Spurs, it was obvious that the conditions were not favorable for his success, but under Postecoglou, things might have been different.

How has Steven Bergwijn performed since leaving Spurs?

The wide man has excelled since joining Ajax despite the instability surrounding the Amsterdam team.

Bergwijn actually managed to contribute to more goals last season while Son was struggling, with his 16 goals and 6 assists across all competitions just outpacing the £190k-per-week star’s 20 goals.

Spurs XI for Steven Bergwijn debut (2-0 W vs Man City, 2nd Feb 2020)
GK Hugo Lloris
LB Japhet Tanganga
CB Toby Alderweireld
CB Davinson Sanchez
RB Serge Aurier
CM Harry Winks
CM Giovani Lo Celso
LW Heung-min Son
CAM Dele Alli
RW Steven Bergwijn
ST Lucas Moura

With a further two goals to kickstart the new league campaign after just four games, it seems like the former PSV Eindhoven star is set to enjoy another profitable season, but one that he could have undertaken in north London.

They had to give Conte his full support because he was given the helm in an audacious effort to win them a trophy. It must be acknowledged, though, that they struck it lucky with Postecoglou.

With his outbursts and loud condemnation of players and staff, the Italian could have caused years’ worth of damage to Spurs, upsetting those in the background.

Their worst mistake may have been letting him approve the departures of once-promising players, since Bergwijn might have had a chance had he been taken under the wing of the former Celtic player who is currently imperturbable.

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