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Vincent Janssen is a player that has attracted much criticism since his move to Tottenham from AZ Alkmaar. In 34 appearances for the Lilywhites, Janssen has 6 goals to his name, with only 2 of them coming from open play. Such a poor stat saw him get linked with a move away from the club in the summer transfer window.
A £23million move to West Brom didn’t take off and he rejected a loan move to Brighton and Hove Albion. Janssen first impressed for Almere City, a second division Dutch club before making the move to Dutch topflight with AZ Alkmaar, where he scored 27 league goals in just 34 games. Such form saw Spurs make a move for him but it’s fair to say that the move hasn’t worked out well for both parties.
It has now been reported that Janssen is set for a loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce where he will unite with compatriot and former Premier League great, Robin Van Persie. It has been suggested that it’s a loan move with a view of a permanent deal later on.
But, are Spurs on the right side of this deal? Could they have done with his services until the end of the season? More questions than answers really.
His days at Spurs began to get numbered when the team made a £15million permanent move for 32 year old Spaniard, Fernando Llorente. Llorente has good experience and was one of the standout stars in a Swansea team that barely avoided relegation last term. Vincent Janssen is a similar type of player to Llorente so one can understand why the club have decided to send Janssen away.
But the reality of the situation is that Janssen is still very raw at the age of just 23 and could’ve made an impact at the Premier League club. He has all the assets and tools needed for a Premier League target-man. He’s strong, links up well with his teammates and is a clinical finisher in front of goal, as his solitary year in the Dutch Eredivisie shows.
They should’ve persisted with him instead of throwing in the towel after just one year of his contract. Striker Harry Kane is undoubtedly Tottenham’s No. 1 striker, which saw Janssen playing second fiddle to the English striker.
Tottenham have had their own woes at the Wembley Stadium, with the team having won a very low percentage of their games at the National stadium. Keeping Janssen at the club would’ve been a good thing but Daniel Levy has chosen otherwise. Janssen is a hard-working striker who fits into Spurs’ mould perfectly and should’ve been given more opportunities to prove himself.
Unfortunately, that is not the case to be, and all Janssen can focus on is to do well for Fenerbahce.