PSV youngster Steven Bergwijn is having a stormer of a season in the Eredivisie.
The winger has netted 11 goals and added 12 assists in 24 league outings this term and has been instrumental for his side who sit five points clear at the summit of the division.
Unsurprisingly, some top European clubs are circling on wide-man, including Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United – and a reported £30million price tag has been placed on his head.
But who is Steven Bergwijn? talkSPORT.com wanted to know more about one of Europe’s hottest properties…
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Steven Bergwijn factfile
Name: Steven Charles Bergwijn
Born: 30 July 1997, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Position: Left winger
Career highlight: Earning senior call-up to Netherlands national team in October 2018
Bergwijn stared his career in the Ajax youth set-up and he spent two years there before falling out with one of the trainers and deciding to leave.
Eredivisie competitors PSV knew of his talent and immediately took him on in their ranks.
Bergwijn made his professional debut for PSV’s reserve outfit, Jong PSV, who play in the second tier, in August 2014.
After impressing there he was promoted to the first team within the year and has since made 86 league appearances for PSV, scoring 21 times in that period.
Bergwijn’s breakthrough came in the 2017/18 season where he netted eight goals and seven assists.
His good form has continued this term and he was rewarded for his hard-work with a call-up to the Dutch national team by Ronald Koeman in October 2018 for their Nations League clash against Germany.
How does he play?
Bergwijn’s greatest asset is his ability on the ball.
Just like his team-mate and fellow winger Hirving Lozano, he has a remarkable ability to keep hold of the ball when running at pace towards defenders.
But when not in possession Bergwijn prefers to stay out wide and draw the play towards him – much the way Guardiola utlises Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane in his set-up.
His first move with the ball is to cut in on his favoured right foot.
Another strength of Bergwijn’s game is his versatility. He can play in all three positions across a front three, with the wide positions favoured.
Liverpool have been linked with the Dutchman – and his play very much suits Jurgen Klopp’s formation
He could provide much-needed competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the flanks.
What has been said?
Before Bergwijn made his debut for Netherlands, PSV manager and Dutch legend Mark Van Bommel heaped praise on the youngster.
“I think Steven Bergwijn is orange-worthy,” he said.
“If it’s up to me, he’s with the Dutch national team. But I don’t make that selection, Ronald Koeman does.
“Koeman called me yesterday to explain his decision, but he makes the decision. You can only do that to respect.”