Former Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen’s comments are a major black mark on Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking to VTBL, former Tottenham ace Vincent Janssen has opened up on his struggles in north London, admitting that it was “not the period” he was hoping for.
It’s fair to say Janssen didn’t exactly enjoy the greatest of times at Spurs.
He played just 42 times in total for the north London side, scoring only six goals and providing four assists. Such were his struggles to settle into English football, that he was allowed to head out on loan, before eventually completing a permanent move to Monterrey last summer.
Now, Janssen has admitted that things simply didn’t work out with the Lilywhites, claiming that he just wanted to “be appreciated”.
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He said (as quoted by Football.London): “It was not the period I was hoping for at Tottenham. As a 22 year old boy from AZ this was a great step, but I didn’t make the minutes there that I expected. Also I did not reach my level there. Ultimately you want to play again, be a footballer and be appreciated.
“The first year at Tottenham I played 40 games, but a lot as a substitute. In the second year with Fenerbahçe I got injured and in my last year with Tottenham I was sidelined all season long.”
Janssen will surely go down as one of the biggest flops of the Mauricio Pochettino era.
The man signed from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in a £17m deal in 2016 simply didn’t cut the mustard at Spurs, and Pochettino himself has to take some of the blame for that too.
Managers after all are the ones responsible for trying to ensure their new signings can settle into the tactical instructions that he wants, and always looking for ways to get the best out of them.
Is Janssen the biggest flop of the Pochettino era?
The fact that in the 2018/2019 campaign, he wasn’t included in the original Premier League squad list for the first-half of the season, but was then brought back into the fold by Pochettino for the second-half, said it all about the mixed feelings the Argentine seemed to have.
After Janssen’s departure last summer, Pochettino was quick to insist that he shouldn’t be held entirely responsible for the Dutchman’s move not working out, instead saying “the club always signs players”. But in truth, the former Spurs boss played a major part too.
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