Jermaine Jenas has told BT Sport that he heard Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho screaming encouragement towards Steven Bergwijn last night.
Tottenham ran out 4-0 winners over Wolfsberger AC yesterday, with Bergwijn included in their starting line-up.
The Dutchman is yet to score for Spurs this season, but clearly viewed last night’s match as an opportunity to get off the mark.
When Bergwijn was around the box, he was constantly looking to run at his marker and get a shot off.
And Jenas thinks that Mourinho had given him specific instructions to be more positive in possession.
“Again, he was direct,” Jenas said, during the match, as Bergwijn took another attempt on goal.
“It’s like he’s been given an instruction tonight where he has the freedom to go and get at the goal. You could even hear Jose Mourinho, the minute he took that touch ‘go, go, go’ he was screaming.
“It’s a lovely touch and he wants Bergwijn to be running at defenders, causing problems.”
Bergwijn has featured a lot for Tottenham this season, but he hasn’t always been picked for his attacking qualities.
Mourinho has actually favoured picking the wide-man, as he can help out in a defensive sense.
Bergwijn is a seriously hard-worker and his ability to get back in shape has often seen him favoured to Spurs’s other attacking options.
However, with Gareth Bale is such sparkling form now, it seems likely that Bergwijn will have to start producing in the final third if he is to earn more regular starts.