ANTONIO CONTE is grooming Steven Bergwijn to be Harry Kane’s short-term understudy as a striker at Spurs.
Even though the Dutchman has scored just four goals in 40 Premier Leagueappearances – and three of those were in his first three home games.
But new Tottenham boss Conte believes Bergwijn could be the man to get them through their chronic striker shortage during this busy festive period.
Tonight’s Premier League clash at home to Brentford kicks off Spurs’ run of NINE matches in under a month before the transfer window reopens on January 1 – Conte can bring in some much-needed reinforcements.
The Italian is well aware Harry Kane is and has long been the club’s only out and out striker.
But Conte revealed: “I think Steven could also be a good option.
“We have a world class striker as a No9 in Harry and I repeat I am very delighted to have the opportunity to work with him because many times you make an evaluation outside.
“I was enthusiastic to see him in the way that he works every day and the commitment, heart and passion puts into Tottenham.
“It was not a surprise but when you arrive you do not know what you find. And I found this.
“We have an important No9 for sure but in the past I have seen that Son played in this position. Honestly I prefer Son to play as a No10 that he is now playing.
“I like to have a point of reference as No9. Steven is working and we are utilising him also in this position, in the three positions of the striker.
“Steven could be a good option on the day that I want to give a rest to Harry.”