According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Vincent Janssen looks set to be included in Tottenham’s Premier League squad for the second half of the season. The Dutchman made the move to the North London outfit back in 2016 but has found game time hard to come by under Mauricio Pochettino, although it does appear as though he will get the opportunity to reignite his Spurs career.
And that’s because a recent report from The London Evening Standard suggests that Pochettino has made the decision to include the 24-year-old in his squad for the second half of the Premier League season, which could be exactly what fellow striker Fernando Llorente needs to reach his best level.
Ultimately, the injury to talisman Harry Kane has certainly come as a blow to Pochettino’s title-chasing side, what with the England captain again embarking on a fine season in front of goal with 20 goals in all competitions prior to injury last month.
Yet what that did do was give 33-year-old Llorente the chance to get his Spurs career going again by ultimately becoming the main option for Pochettino in that main striker’s role – that was before Son Heung-min returned from the Asian Cup early as a result of South Korea’s surprise exit.
And while the Spain international has scored once and laid on two assists in his last two Premier League matches, he hasn’t exactly fired on all cylinders to suggest that he is the man to lead the line in Kane’s absence – and with the Englishman likely out for a few more weeks yet, and big matches coming up, Pochettino needs the 33-year-old firing upfront.
Yet dragging Janssen back in from the cold, and thus giving Llorente something to think about in terms of the main striking role, could be exactly what is needed to enable the Spaniard to produce his best form.
Yes, things haven’t exactly worked out for 24-year-old Janssen following his move from AZ back in the summer of 2016, but it’s clear that there is a very talented striker in the Dutchman such was his goal-record in his homeland, having bagged 31 times in 49 games for AZ in the 2015/16 campaign.
And with this chance possibly the last one he will get to keep his Tottenham career going, he is sure to be chomping at the bit to usurp Llorente as the man to turn to in Kane’s absence.
Yet having that competition might be exactly what Llorente needs as well, as failure to really produce the goods when on the field would almost certainly result in his exclusion in favour of fellow striker Janssen – after all, the duo are playing for one place and one place only.
Yes, Son’s return from the Asian Cup does give Pochettino another option in that striker’s role, as does Lucas Moura, but with the former having played so much football in the last 12 months, and the latter failing to prove his worth last time out, it remains to be seen just how Pochettino will attack the next few weeks – weeks that will go some way to shaping Spurs’ season.
But with out-and-out strikers in Llorente and Janssen on the books, the Argentine is sure to call upon them at some point in the coming weeks, and with the latter seemingly coming in from the cold, it could be exactly what the former needs to hit his best form.
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