The failure of players to successfully make the seamless transition from Eredivisie to Premier League football has become a recurring theme in recent years, and the career of Vincent Janssen serves as a quintessential example of how the English top-flight is incredibly difficult to adapt to.
Janssen completed a transfer worth a measly £450k in July 2015 as he swapped the 2nd division Dutch side Almere City for an Eredivisie giant in AZ Alkmar. Having just turned 21-years-old, making the step up in class to the top-flight could have been perceived as a jump too soon for a player who bagged 19 goals and provided 9 assists from 34 matches with Almere City.
But Jansson silenced any potential sceptics whom doubted his ability to thrive in the top-flight by embarking on a phenomenal run of form during the second half of the 2015/16 campaign to finish the Eredivisie campaign with 27 goals and 5 assists from 34 appearances.
His goal-scoring exploits in Holland understandably convinced Tottenham to part with £20 million to sign the rising talent in the summer which followed, despite the fact he had completed just one full season of first-division football.
And it seems that Tottenham’s risk on the one-season wonder has backfired, as Janssen found the back of the net on just 2 occasions on his debut season in the Premier League before he completed a loan spell at Fenerbahce last season where he only managed 4 goals from 16 appearances.
Janssen is now back with Tottenham and sidelined with a foot injury which he recently had surgery on, so the prospect of a summer transfer before deadlines pass in the likes of Germany, Spain and France seems rather unlikely.
So what next for Janssen? Well, it appears the 17-cap Holland international will need to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham, at least until January.
Whilst Kane remains fit and available for selection it seems extremely unlikely that he will manage to work his way back into contention for selection, but a rare start in the League Cup or a cameo appearance from the bench could provide the inspiration for him to resurrect his career.
Once Janssen has fully recovered from his injury there is no doubt he will need to remain patient for an opportunity, but when one does arrive he will need to be on top form to ensure Pochettino selects him once again.
If Janssen struggles on a potential opportunity to shine, he will almost certainly be offloaded either permanently or on loan in January and, on the evidence of his miserable career in north London thus far, a mid-season switch is likely to be in the best interests of his career.
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