Watford have today completed the signing of Mitchel Bergkamp on a free transfer, with the club confirming the deal for the 22-year-old on their official website earlier.
An attacking midfielder by trade, the Dutchman is the son of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp and has now joined up with the club’s under-23 side after being shown great faith by the Watford youth team.
The youngster has signed a six-month contract at Vicarage Road and will be looking to resurrect his career after leaving Almere City in his native country.
Speaking to the club’s official website after completing his move, Bergkamp had this to say:
“I wanted to try something new and I’m really looking forward to the new adventure.
“I’m so happy. It’s been an amazing and a wonderful experience so far. The facilities are great, the pitches are amazing and it’s a pleasure to be here every day.
“I want to prove myself with the Under-23s and then one day hopefully get an opportunity for the first team.”
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During his time in Holland, the midfielder made 49 youth team appearances for Almere, racking up seven goals and two assists before completing his move to England after a few months of being without a club following his release in July last year.
Certainly an interesting signing from Watford’s perspective, Bergkamp has a lot to live up to after swapping his homeland for academy football at Vicarage Road.
At the age of 22, he should really be pushing to break into the first team as most players of his age are usually at that stage of their career by now.
Perhaps the reputation of his father in the game hasn’t helped him, however I do believe that Watford are a club who can get the best out of him going forwards and fingers crossed he can become a regular under Xisco Munoz in the months ahead.
For now his focus should be on impressing for the 23s, as he has much to prove after being out of the game for a good few months, it will certainly take him time to adjust.