Tottenham have experienced a season like no other. Indeed, it has been remarkable for so many reasons. No signings, playing at different home grounds, more injuries than one could possibly imagine and yet still reaching the Champions League semi-final. It’s been crazy.
Obviously, no fan could have imagined this scenario at the start of the season. But perhaps none of these are the biggest shocks of the season. How many fans ever thought they would see Vincent Janssen playing at the new stadium? It can’t be many.
The Dutchman signed for Tottenham in 2016, a £17m transfer from AZ Alkmaar. The attacker brought with him a well-earned reputation out in Holland, though we all know how deceiving they can be.
Still, he had just been awarded the Johan Cruyff trophy, which is given to the Eredivisie’s young player of the year. Pretty prestigious stuff, right? Well, to be fair, he had scored 27 league goals in a single campaign, while also breaking into the national team.
At last, there was indeed reason to believe Tottenham had found a genuine back up to Harry Kane.
Rather, the forward’s career has all but plummeted since his transfer to North London. He has managed just 30 league appearances since his transfer, scoring twice. Bare in mind both goals and 27 of these appearances came in his inaugural season, a campaign in which the striker averaged just over eight passes a game.
After a torrid first season, Janssen was loaned out to Turkish club Fenerbahce, with most fans believing they would never see the return of the striker. A persistent foot injury disrupted his season and ultimately ended the possibility of a permanent deal. Janssen has been back at Tottenham throughout the duration of the current season but Pochettino in January firmly stated that the striker was not in his plans (as per Football.London).
Yet, an injury crisis towards the end of the season has seen Janssen once again involved in the Tottenham squad, making two substitute appearances against Brighton and West Ham. Similarly to the majority of his Tottenham showings, the striker has shown plenty of will, but little talent. His late squandered chance to equalise against West Ham summing up his time in a Tottenham shirt.
But what does the future now hold for the attacker? He is now valued at £7.2m (as per TransferMarkt), but you’d assume Tottenham would let him go for scraps now. Simply put, it would be shocking to see the Dutchman involved in the squad next season.
In fact, it would be scandalous.
Pochettino is reported to be given a transfer kitty of at least £100m this summer (as per The Sun) and will certainly pursue another attacker. Fernando Llorente, who most deem as significantly below the required standard, is streaks ahead of Janssen in the pecking order. While it remains to be seen whether he will be a part of next season’s squad, it’s a safe bet to suggest Janssen won’t be.
Where he will move to? Who knows. But he won’t be at Tottenham next season – surely, right?
If he is, Daniel Levy has really messed up.
Tottenham fans, is there even a slight possibility Janssen will still be at the club next season? Has he shown anything to suggest Pochettino has got it wrong with him? Comment below.
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