Is Mitchel Bergkamp the real deal? Machel Hewitt explores...
Its an interesting one. I honestly expected AW to release who would be staying from the First XI first and then try and fill the gaps and then there would be a few spaces left to fill in. So I thought Bergkamp would be in that last category. Obviously Andy thinks he is a good bet to fill in for Louis if he is injured and if he can get a run in the side maybe even hold down his spot. I can only see him as an attacking Midfielder but time will tell. Thanks Machel. It will be interesting to see who is in the retained list next week. I was watching some clips of his Dad last night and its the close control which sets him apart as well as the finishing of course. If Mitchell can show half of that ability he may at least start pushing Louis for a spot but at this stage he still has a long way to go but maybe a good pre season and job security will bring the best out of him.
Shout out to Ethan Coleman, who I was gutted about when we couldn't keep him.
As for Bergkamp, his ability on the ball has never been questioned. As you rightly point out, we've seen a few flashes of that.
The question I have (and hopefully a full pre season addresses this) is around his fitness and intensity.
I think he'd be best served in this Bromley side as an #8 - Jude is higher energy, but perhaps he and Bergkamp can play together with a deeper lying destroyer behind them, giving us options if we don't want to play Louis for 90 minutes every week.
Nicely balanced Mash, thank you. His Father and indeed his surname are completely irrelevant as Mitchel is neither. All I know is that having watched him (briefly I accept), this lad can pick a pass and looks very comfortable with a ball at his feet. I hope he’s that bit of inspiration we need as an attacking midfielder but on this one, I’m backing AW’s judgement