Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was present in the International friendly between Netherlands and Ireland last summer and took the opportunity to watch Vincent Janssen play for the Dutch and to get a firsthand report of the player. It appeared to be true as Janssen ended up signing for Tottenham two months later. However, Janssen has struggled to settle down in England and has failed to replicate his goal scoring exploits with Ajax, as the player has still not scored from open play this season.
The signing of Vincent Janssen has not proved to be effective. But there was one other player playing for Netherlands in that game, and he was an impressive young lad as well. There was no news about him back then, as all eyes were on Vincent Janssen being watched by Pochettino. It now seems like Mauricio watched Janssen’s International teammate, Quincy Promes who plays for Spartak Moscow.
Promes has been mighty impressive for the Russian side, having scored 13 and 18 goals respectively in his first two seasons at the club. He has so far scored 6 and assisted 7 and looks set to reach double figures in a season for the 5th time in his career.
He has 14 caps for Netherlands and also has 2 goals to his name. He has been extremely consistent and reliable for Spartak Moscow and it appears as though Pochettino would have done better by signing Promes instead of Vincent Janssen. He is the dynamic winger Tottenham lack.
Janssen was signed as a backup striker to Harry Kane, but more important is a winger capable of unlocking defences, as Tottenham discovered against Gent over two legs in the Europa League. Moussa Sissoko was signed to solve the purpose of providing variety on the wing but has failed to do so in what has been a forgetful season for him. He hasn’t managed to convince Pochettino after arriving on the transfer deadline day of the 2016 summer transfer window.
Quincy Promes is an out and out winger. He is so good with his finishing, he can pass the ball with precision, can spot his teammates offering him a run off the ball. He creates crucial scoring chances for his team and is a really skilled dribbler of the ball. He is also capable of testing the goalkeepers from distances. However, his defensive contribution to the game is a spot of bother but that will eventually change when he plays under a different manager or in a league like the English one.
He likes to cut inside and spot a pass, which thereby makes him a huge threat when he is on the ball with his feet.
A winger like Promes is what Tottenham have clearly lacked and maybe Pochettino would rectify his mistake by signing him in 2017?