Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the remainder of the summer transfer window following the news earlier this month that manager Mauricio Pochettino has penned a new deal at the club.
The Argentine took over the North Londoners back in 2014 after impressing in a short stint in charge of Southampton, and he has since turned Spurs into one of the best teams in the country in leading them to three successive top four finishes in the Premier League. And while the 46-year-old has yet to lead the club to a trophy, many of our resident Tottenham fans are convinced that he will be the man to do just that in the coming years.
But for that to happen, it’s clear that Spurs need to make some telling signings this summer, and indeed get rid of those players simply not good enough, one of which appears to be striker Vincent Janssen.
And recent reports suggest that chairman Daniel Levy is seeking £25 million for the Netherlands international, an asking price he and the club’s hierarchy simply have to re-consider if they do indeed seek to get rid of the striker this summer.
Ultimately, the 23-year-old has endured a testing time in North London since his move to the club back in 2016, with just two Premier League goals, one of which from the penalty spot, to show for his endeavours at Tottenham.
In fact, he was so low down Pochettino’s pecking order ahead of the 2017/18 season that he was shipped out on loan to Turkish giants Fenerbahce back in September, and while he started reasonably well in the Super Lig, injury got the better of him for the majority of the campaign.
As such, the Dutchman finished the season with just four goals to his name and more questions than answers over his future, and while Spurs probably are right to seek to let him go this summer, demanding £25 million seems a bit excessive.
Ultimately, Janssen has scored just 11 goals in the last 24 months of football, and arguably shown little during his time in Tottenham to suggest that he could make it in English football – add in a lengthy time out with injury at Fenerbahce, and £25 million would be a big risk for anyone to take.
Quite simply, the 23-year-old isn’t good enough for Spurs, and with the North Londoners eyeing the next level in competing for major honours, they must seek to recruit better players than the striker.
And while he is still young at the tender age of 23, chairman Levy and the club’s hierarchy may have to bite the bullet and settle for less than £25 million, as it seems unlikely, based on his recent form, that any side would pay that for the Netherlands ace.
Thus, Tottenham must seek to re-consider their hefty asking price for the £8.1 million-rated outcast (as per Transfermarkt).
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