Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen has revealed that he will consider his future at North London only after returning from the international duty. The Dutchman has endured a difficult season at Tottenham since coming from AZ Alkmaar for around £18.5 million just under a year ago.
Signed as a backup for Harry Kane, Tottenham scouts clearly felt that the player had all the right attributes to become a hit in the Premier League. Yet, quite the opposite has happened with the Janssen struggling for any kind of form whatsoever. The striker has been on the fringes of the first team as a result of scoring just 2 league goals in 823 minutes of Premier League football.
Clearly, something needs to be done with his returns being poor. With Janssen struggling to make any kind of an impact in the domestic or European competitions, we will have to sign a new centre-forward in the summer in order to act as a backup for Kane. In the last few weeks, it has been reported that Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro has emerged as a primary target for the club.
Janssen knows that his first-team opportunities will reduce even further unless something changes at the club between now and the start of the season. His future with the national team is also under a cloud of doubt as a result of spending too much time on the bench. There has been interest from clubs – especially in the French Ligue1, and it is widely believed that Spurs could take a hit even if it means off-loading the player.
Galatasaray are also interested in signing the 22-year-old, but Janssen has put behind all these transfer talks in order to concentrate on the upcoming international games. Since making his debut for the Dutch national team just over a year ago, Janssen has featured in 10 matches and has scored 4 goals. However, he says that the lack of first-team opportunities at Tottenham is starting to become a major headache with regards to his international career. Speaking to newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (via talkSPORT), he said:
“I want to focus on the Dutch team first. After that, we will see how all parties see the future. I’ve always said I will give it a go at Spurs for at least a year. I played less than expected, but now I am a better player from working every day at the top level in England.”
Many feel that Janssen has been caught up in a swirl and that the only way out for the player may be a move away – even if it is on a temporary basis. Janssen has a contract with Spurs until the summer of 2020, but this is unlikely to matter too much, especially with the player having struggled for form. Janssen was signed on the back of a brilliant campaign with AZ Alkmaar in which he scored 31 goals in 49 appearances.