Tottenham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team bow out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage for the second successive season courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men got past AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, Rochdale, and Swansea City to reach the last four, the stage they reached last term before coming up short against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. And the North Londoners came up short once again this season despite taking the lead at Wembley through Dele Alli, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera securing a deserved victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, thus earning them a spot in the showpiece where they will face Chelsea next month.
Subsequently, there have been many disappointed and frustrated Spurs supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are gutted that their team will not get the chance to end their long wait for some silverware, what with the 2008 League Cup the last time their club got their hands on a trophy.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Tottenham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that striker Fernando Llorente is considering leaving the club this summer.
And were the Spaniard to indeed be let go by Pochettino’s side during the close season, it could provide £9 million-rated star Vincent Janssen (as per Transfermarkt) with the chance to save his Tottenham career.
Ultimately, things just haven’t worked for the Netherlands international since his move to North London back in 2016, to the point that he was shipped out on loan to Fenerbahce at the start of this term in search of regular first team football.
And that all came about because the 23-year-old managed just two Premier League goals in 27 appearances for Pochettino’s side last term, one of which coming from the penalty spot.
And with just a handful of goals in other competitions, it was clear that Janssen was having difficulty adapting to the demands and rigours of the Premier League, although Llorente’s own struggles this term underline how tricky a task it is playing second fiddle to Harry Kane.
However, the chief difference between Janssen and Llorente is that the former has been seen to give absolutely everything to the cause – while he wasn’t scoring regularly last season, no-one can fault his effort and endeavour.
And that has earned him plaudits and indeed support from the Spurs fans, who cheered his goal in their 4-0 win over Bournemouth in March of last year louder than any of the other goals their side scored that day – ultimately, they want him to do well as he has given them something in return, if not the goals he was signed for.
Yet there is clear ability there given Janssen scored 31 goals in 49 games for AZ in the 2015/16 campaign, and were Llorente to leave this summer, the Dutchman would return to Spurs as the second choice behind Kane, but having had a season to somewhat rebuild his confidence after a testing 2016/17 campaign.
As such, Llorente’s possible departure could well provide the 23-year-old with the opportunity to save his Tottenham career, something several of our resident Spurs fans are willing him on to do in the coming years.
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