Tottenham flop Steven Bergwijn scores HAT-TRICK in only second league start at Ajax after transfer of £26m

TOTENHAM ‘flop’ Steven Bergwijn bagged a home debut hat-trick as Ajax smashed Groningen 6-1.

The Dutch winger has equaled his total of four goals for tracks last season in just two games for the national champion.


Steven Bergwijn hit a glorious opener as he shined alongside Man Utd goal Antony in Ajax’s stellar Eredivisie winCredit: EPA
Ex-Spurs wideman Steven Bergwijn celebrates his very first goal for Ajax


Ex-Spurs wideman Steven Bergwijn celebrates his very first goal for AjaxCredit: Getty

mountain wine turned to volley a brilliant fourth-minute opener, then added a header and another neat finish before being knocked out in 69 minutes.

Fans on social media praised Ajax’s attack as one of the best in Europe, especially as Manchester United’s target Antony scorched a sensational solo goal.

Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag is also a great admirer of Bergwijn’s other strike partner, Brian Bobbie.

Cyril Ngonge provided a shock leveler for Groningen, but Antony’s sensational attack and Bergwijn’s second goal made it 3-1 at halftime.

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The ex-PSV hero, 24, completed his brilliant first-ever Eredivisie treble in 57 minutes.

Kenneth Taylor and Bergwijn’s replacement Steven Berguis then rounded off Ajax’s emphatic triumph.

One supporter tweeted: “Think this is the best Ajax attack for the foreseeable future. Could have been more for some of them.”

Another claimed: “We now have one of the most exciting attacks in Europe.”

And some fans even urged Bergwijn: “Come back to Tottenham.”

However, some suggested he was more suited to Dutch football than the more physical Premier League.

Bergwijn himself was quick to tweet a summary of his merry afternoon: “3 points, 3 goals.”

And so far its shape and figures justify a £26m transfer that he says has “shocked” him.

Statistics specialist Squawka praised his “perfect home debut” after all four of his attempts were on target, including, of course, the three he scored.

And he had 52 touches – compared to the skinny eight Manchester City new kid Erling Haaland earned the day before in a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

Former Ajax player Bergwijn said about his move last month: “I was a bit shocked. I didn’t see it coming.

“If you can go back to Ajax, it’s quite tempting. They always do well in the competition and the Champions League. So for me it’s a step up.”

Bergwijn’s exciting display next to Antony could make it even more difficult for Ten Hag to bring in the latter.

Ajax is holding on to their £70 million valuation of the Brazilian – £19 million more than United would have offered.



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