According to a recent report from The London Evening Standard, Vincent Janssen looks set to be dragged back in from the cold at Tottenham. The 24-year-old made the move to the Premier League outfit back in the summer of 2016 after impressing at Dutch side AZ, only to struggle to replicate that goal-scoring form in England to thus see him fall down Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order.
Yet a recent report from The London Evening Standard suggests that Pochettino will add the striker to his Premier League squad for the rest of the season, which represents the most important few weeks of Janssen’s time at Tottenham, as getting it wrong would almost certainly spell the end of his stint in the capital.
Ultimately, it has been nothing short of a disaster for the Dutchman ever since making the move from AZ two-and-a-half years ago, what with the striker since then appearing just 39 times in all competitions for Pochettino’s side, netting on only six occasions.
And with a loan spell at Fenerbahce last season, it’s pretty clear just how far down the pecking order Janssen was at Spurs, to the point that even Fernando Llorente, who hasn’t exactly pulled up any trees during his time in North London, was seemingly more prominent in Pochettino’s thinking.
And with no senior appearances for Tottenham this time round either, it looked for all the world that the 24-year-old would be on his way out of the club during January, only to remain and perhaps earn one final chance to salvage his career at the Premier League title chasers.
Ultimately, the recent injury to Harry Kane has left a gaping hole at the top end of the pitch which certainly needs filling, and while Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura have done that in recent times, the sheer volume of football the former has played, alongside the latter’s struggles in the role, suggests that Pochettino may well shake things up as February progresses.
And with Llorente himself not always convincing despite netting once and laying on two assists in his last two Premier League appearances, the door may well be open for Janssen to earn game time – game time he simply has to put to good use.
Clearly, there is a very talented striker in Janssen given the amount of goals he bagged at AZ, netting 31 times in 49 appearances in his one and only season at the Dutch outfit, and he surely won’t get a better opportunity to prove to Pochettino and indeed the Spurs fans that he can be a striker the club can call upon in the coming years.
And with Kane out for at least a few more weeks yet, but big games coming thick and fast for the North Londoners between now and the end of February, the next few weeks are without doubt Janssen’s most important of his Spurs stint to date.
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