Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen came within seconds of moving to Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. on the deadline day but the deal fell apart in the early hours of the morning after the Dutch international rejected the move and decided to stay back with the North Londoners, according to Sky Sports.
Janssen was playing for his national side during the international break and has taken the social media to express his disappointment at Netherlands’ embarrassing 4-0 loss to France in what was a horrible performance by the Dutch.
Janssen’s post on Instagram was about the Netherlands match where he said that they had a difficult night in Paris and that they will be back on Sunday. Spurs fans were quick to see the silver lining and went positive about him staying back at the club.
The 23-year-old joined Tottenham only last year and was seen as a back-up for Harry Kane. His previous scoring record and potential gave hopes to all the fans who thought that we, at last, had a backup striker.
Sadly, it wasn’t the case and Janssen had a really tough first season after joining from AZ Alkmaar. He could score only six goals all season with just two of those coming in the Premier League. One of those goals he scored in the league was a penalty, highlighting his struggle to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
He was thought to be moving away in the summer transfer window and Chris Hughton’s side were thought to be the front-runners. By rejecting the move in the wee hours, Janssen has stated his objective of staying back and fighting for his place.
Tottenham have gone on to strengthen their striking options in the transfer window by signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea City. The Spanish striker is a well-oiled goal machine and is seen as a perfect backup for Kane. Where does that leave Janssen?
There will be enough chances for the Dutchman to impress but they will be much lesser than last season. He needs to grab them and make the most of his limited chances to get back into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
Did Vincent Janssen do a good thing by staying back?