Who is Mitchel Bergkamp? Things to know about Dennis' son

01 February 2021 10:15

It's not the highest-profile signing you are likely to see on deadline day, but Watford have completed the signing of Dutch midfielder Mitchel Bergkamp, son of Arsenal and Ajax legend Dennis.

The 22-year-old was released by Eredivisie side Almere City last summer and is now looking to follow in the footsteps of the marginally more famous Bergkamp who came before him - one that scored over 100 goals and became Invincible in an illustrious decade with Arsenal.

But what is there to know about the latest chapter in the Bergkamp saga? And what sort of player are Watford bringing to Vicarage Road?

We've got you covered.

1. He doesn't mind being compared to his dad

Mitchel has been keen to try his hand in English football for a while, and had designs on a move to Arsenal back in October, when Steve Bould was looking to add some more experienced players to his Under-23 side.

After running the rule over him for a week, the Gunners decided against offering him a deal, and Watford will be hoping they come to regret that decision.

5. He joins baby Pochettino

In a somewhat bizarre coincidence, Bergkamp arrives at Watford in the same week the club also signed Maurizio Pochettino - son of PSG and former Tottenham manager Mauricio.

Poch Jr, just 19, will play alongside Bergkamp for the Under-23 side, who play in the southern division of the Professional Development League.

That's where most of the top Championship sides play their reserve football - the duo will face off with Cardiff, Swansea, QPR and Bristol City among others.

6. London is his home