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‘If you don’t play, it’s hard to show that’ – Spurs flop makes sly dig at Conte after thriving at new club

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This summer was not only memorable for Tottenham with impressive purchases. The North London team left a number of players who did not fit into Antonio Conte’s playing system.

The Spurs head coach received remarks from former subordinate Steven Bergwijn, who is performing well at Dutch Ajax, where he has already scored six goals in five games.

The Dutchman was one of many stars of the North London club who failed to play for the Italian specialist and was subsequently put up for sale.

Saturday’s match between Ajax and Cambuur ended 4-0. The former Tottenham player scored a goal, and in doing so sent a sly dig at Antonio Conte for his lack of playing time.

Speaking to the Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad after the game, the player said:

“I’ve always had the ability to score. But if you don’t play, it’s hard to show that.

“I’m not working on that [being the top scorer this season]. I don’t have a certain number of goals in my head that I should achieve. The most important thing is to continue like this. I look at the complete picture and just want to win.”

The 24-year-old has had a blistering start to his Dutch league campaign and is determined to prove to everyone that he was written off early. The Dutchman does have strong qualities, but the player himself believes he could not fully demonstrate them due to the lack of playing time at the London club.

Now Bergwijn is trying to revive his career, playing well for Ajax, with which he intends to reach the heights both in the league and in Europe.

The Dutchman was not the only player who had no place in Antonio Conte’s playing model. Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, who are the strongest midfielders but have so far failed to impress the Italian specialist, were put up for transfer.

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