Liverpool and Arsenal target Cody Gakpo is better than his Netherlands colleague Steven Bergwijn and is proving it every day, one observer has said.
Gakpo has followed in the footsteps of Bergwijn in recent seasons, both establishing themselves as PSV Eindhoven stars. The latter made his Eredivisie debut for PSV in May 2015, earning a subsequent promotion to the first team.
Bergwijn then spent four and a half seasons at the Dutch club before Tottenham came calling. Indeed, Jose Mourinho snapped him up in January 2020 and the 24-year-old winger now plays a bit-part role under Antonio Conte.
Gakpo, meanwhile, played his first Dutch top-flight game in February 2018 and has since racked up 125 appearances for PSV.
He has also contributed 37 goals and 33 assists and could therefore follow Bergwijn to the Premier League.
Liverpool and Arsenal have reportedly accelerated their interest in the 22-year-old. Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the player and PSV could demand over £40million for their latest star academy graduate.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Fox Sports analyst Kenneth Perez – an avid watcher of both players – insisted Gakpo looks more than ready to follow Bergwijn to the Premier League.
“I have been a big fan of Gakpo for some time,” Perez said. “He was always a bit in the shadow of Bergwijn at PSV.
“But actually, I have always found Gakpo better. He is much more goal-oriented and scores a lot more goals.
“He has physical, speed, and overview. And is technically skilled. I think he is a super interesting player.”
Gakpo and Bergwijn are both in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for the current international break.
They have made a combined 18 appearances for their country, with Bergwijn notching 14 caps.
Gakpo and Bergwijn tussling for form
Bergwijn’s move to the Premier League has not worked out as he would have hoped.
While he made an instant impact with a goal on his debut in a Tottenham win over Manchester City, he has only scored six more since then.
What’s more, he has only completed two 90-minute Premier League stints this season.
Gakpo, meanwhile, has become the star of the show at PSV after Bergwijn’s departure.
He has netted 16 goals and assisted 15 others this season. Both players are looking to stamp their mark on the Netherlands squad in the next week ahead of the World Cup later this year.