He wasn’t my first option’: Jose Mourinho congratulates Spurs chiefs for signing Steven Bergwijn
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Steven Bergwijn was not his first-choice option in the January window but he is now very happy that the club signed the Dutch winger.
Bergwijn gave Spurs the lead in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, a fine run finishing with a powerful strike that forced a mistake out of David de Gea.
That made it three goals in eight games for the 22-year-old, who signed from PSV for £26.7m in January.
Speaking on Monday, Mourinho said: ‘He’s a good player. Congratulations to my club because initially he wasn’t my first option – in the end it was a great decision.
‘He’s a player with a bright future and we are more than happy.’
Mourinho also had good news regarding Tottenham’s current injury situation with nearly a fully fit squad to choose one for Tuesday’s derby against West Ham.
‘It’s only good news [on the injury front]. Lucas is back. Dele Alli is back from punishment and no injuries were reported in the game against United,’ he said. ‘We didn’t lose any players and we have two extra players who make my squad really good. It’s the first time since I arrived that I have all six attacking players available.
‘It’s a problem that we love. The problem that we hate I had for a long time. It’s very good news for us because we need everybody.’