The Dutch winger scored his first goal for his new club against Manchester City and dedicated it to his former team-mate
Steven Bergwijn has revealed that he promised to score on his Tottenham debut for childhood friend and fellow Ajax academy product Appie Nouri.
Nouri suffered a cardiac arrest during a friendly game in 2017. He survived, but suffered permanent brain damage as a result.
Bergwijn, who played with Nouri for six years in Ajaxâ€™s academy before leaving for PSV, says he had a conversation with Mohammed Nouri, Appieâ€™s younger brother, prior to his Premier League debut against Manchester City in which he scored the gameâ€™s opening goal.
â€œI spoke with his brother and he told me: â€˜Youâ€™re going to score for Appie,â€™â€ Bergwijn said to The Guardian. â€œAnd I said: â€˜OK, watch me, Iâ€™m going to score.â€™ I did it.
â€œWhen I heard Appie had brain damage, I just canâ€™t describe my feelings. At that time I didnâ€™t sleep so much.
"In the first weeks I was scared to play, scared to go on the pitch because Appie was a young boy and out of nowhere [he collapsed].
â€œIt was difficult. Itâ€™s still difficult. I speak to his brother every day but itâ€™s still difficult.â€
Bergwijn, meanwhile, has revealed howÂ his move to Tottenham happened very quickly, and that he was expecting to leave PSV in the summer, rather than in January.
â€œMy father called me and said: â€˜Pack your stuff, youâ€™re going to London.â€™
â€œIt was fast. I didnâ€™t expect to make the transfer in January. I thought in the summer. But if Tottenham wants you, you canâ€™t say no.â€
He also revealed his ambitions to be successful in England and welcomes comparisons to Manchester United legend and fellow Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy, who coached him at PSV.
â€œThatâ€™s why Iâ€™m here. You want to be the biggest, the greatest. I hope I can be that big in England.â€
Another ambition of Bergwijnâ€™s is for his trademark celebration to be included in the video game FIFA at some point.
â€œ[The celebration is] one I have done all through my career. One of my friends told me to do it, so I did. I hope they will have it on FIFA one day.â€