Ever since it became clear that Christian Eriksen was on his way out of the club, Spurs fans have been wondering who could possibly replace that classic #23 shirt that Eriksen has worn for the past 6.5 years.
Well, that didn’t take long!
That’s... that’s certainly a choice! Bergwijn wore #10 while at PSV and that’s obviously not available as long as Harry Kane’s in the club, but he had a whole host of numbers to choose from. The #9 shirt is probably being held for whatever striker Spurs sign in the transfer window, but Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s #14 was also open, as was Josh Onomah’s #25. He could’ve also taken #26 though that hasn’t been worn by a Spurs player since Ledley King hung up his boots.
All those numbers available and he picked the one that was vacated the same day that he came in. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that takes some chutzpah!
At least Spurs fans stuck with this year’s Eriksen kits can save some money on reprinting the back by recycling the E, R, I & N letters.
Update: Alasdair Gold to the rescue with what he understands is the reason behind Bergwijn’s kit number choice. It’s an NBA/iconic number thing.
In case you're wondering why Steven Bergwijn chose the number 23, it's not about taking Eriksen's shirt. I understand he wanted it due to the iconic nature of the number in sport, with the likes of LeBron James, Michael Jordan and David Beckham all wearing it. He has big plans.— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) January 29, 2020