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Premier League winger Steven Bergwijn is not part of Antonio Conte’s plans at Tottenham Hotspur and could be lured away by Eredivisie champions Ajax, reporter Mike Verweij tells the Kick Off podcast. 

It will take some time before Antonio Conte figures out his best XI at Tottenham Hotspur. 

Is there a place for the mercurial Tanguy Ndombele or the inconsistent Giovanni Lo Celso?

Does he start Harry Winks or Oliver Skipp alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg? Does Ben Davies possess the requisite technical ability to thrive as part of a ball-playing back three? 

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Those are questions that will be answered in time. 

But while the likes of Winks, Dele Alli, Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty have been handed a opportunity to impress the new boss, one member of the Spurs squad is yet to play a single minute of action since Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in the North London dugout

Will Steven Bergwijn leave Tottenham for Ajax in January?

Steven Bergwijn, who has worked under three managers in less than two years as a Spurs player, was left on the bench against Everton, Leeds and Vitesse Arnhem before being ruled out of that humiliating 2-1 defeat to NS Mura with an illness. 

And with reports suggesting that the £27 million Netherlands international could return to his homeland with long-time admirers Ajax weighing up a January swoop, it seems that Bergwijn is at risk of becoming the first major casualty of the Conte regime. 

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“Conte doesn’t see it in him at all,” explains Vermeij, suggesting that the former PSV Eindhoven talisman has been left in the dark by his new boss. 

“Conte is also the one who thwarted Bergwijn’s transfer from from PSV to Italy. Inter were interested at the time but Conte didn’t need him.

“Conte has only said two words to Bergwijn in two weeks at Tottenham Hotspur. That is why Ajax can consider him, but first Ajax will have to sell (Brazilian forward David) Neres.” 

An old-school winger, there does not appear to be an obvious place in Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation for Bergwijn.

Unless, of course, he can be re-developed as a rampaging wing-back a la Victor Moses or perhaps as a roving number ten in the Lucas Moura mould.

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