Tottenham supporters remain pretty happy in the Transfer Tavern a week on from their side’s 2-2 draw with Italian giants Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, a result which leaves the North London outfit favourites to progress ahead of the return leg in a fortnight’s time.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the Serie A champions off the back of beating bitter rivals Arsenal 1-0 in their preceding Premier League encounter, a result which moved them seven points of the Gunners in the table. Yet Spurs made a woeful start in Turin as a Gonzalo Higuain brace gave Juve a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes, before goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen sealed a deserved draw for Pochettino’s side, giving them the upper hand ahead of the return leg at Wembley in two weeks’ time.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 matches when they travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Fenerbahce will not pursue a permanent deal for striker Vincent Janssen, who has spent the season on loan at the Turkish giants so far.
And with Tottenham eyeing the next level in both domestic and European competition under Pochettino in the coming years, they must seek to cash in on the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Ultimately, things just haven’t happened for the 23-year-old ever since he made the move to Spurs from AZ back in the summer of 2016, with just six goals to show for his efforts last term, and only two for Fenerbahce this term.
Yes, an ankle problem has played a part in his struggles in the Super Lig, having been ruled out of action since December, yet Fenerbahce are clearly unsure about his capabilities and perhaps concerned about that injury given they reportedly aren’t considering a permanent move.
Thus, things aren’t looking good for Janssen ahead of the summer – he’s simply not going to get the minutes required at Tottenham, such is Harry Kane’s sensational form, and he hasn’t proven yet that he can be an adequate replacement for the Englishman were he to get injured, or perhaps leave the club.
Admittedly, nor has summer signing Fernando Llorente, but with Spurs seeking to move to the next level under Pochettino in the years to come, namely regularly challenging for major honours, the Argentine needs depth throughout his squad – Janssen doesn’t provide that in the striking department.
He may well be a fan favourite at Tottenham – some of the goals he scored last term were greeted with louder cheers than most other goals the team scored – but he simply isn’t at the level required to improve Spurs if and when Kane isn’t available for selection.
And with Fenerbahce ending their interest in a permanent deal, Tottenham simply must seek to cash in on the Netherlands international this summer.
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