Janssen: I Need More Game-Time

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Dom Le Roy

Speculation is rife over the future of Spurs’ second choice striker Vincent Janssen after the Dutchman told De Telegraaf he needed to consider getting more game-time.

Janssen was signed during last Summer’s transfer window for roughly £17.4 million, but has so far failed to live up to the bill. In 38 appearances last season, Janssen managed just 6 goals in all competitions, 4 of which from the penalty spot.

26 of those appearances were as a substitute, coming on from the bench, something the 22 year old has had to acclimatise to in his debut season in England. In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Janssen said:

“I initially found it difficult with my role as a substitute, sometimes sat in the stands at Spurs, but I learned to deal with it.”

“As a young player I had to compete with Harry Kane, the top scorer of the Premier League, arguably the toughest league in the world. And a striker performing remains in the team.”

Unfortunately for Janssen, Harry Kane has indeed been in the form of his life, scoring 29 goals in 30 league appearances with a final tally of 35 goals from 38 appearances in all competitions, firing his way to a second successive Golden Boot and a Fan’s Player of the Year Award.

In the Netherlands, there is a great deal of speculation over whether or not Janssen will stay on at Spurs, or whether he will elect to move back to Holland in search of regular football. When asked on the matter, he told De Telegraaf:

“I cannot say anything about that,” He added. “I keep all options open.”

“[My future] is a matter for after the holidays. I want the prospect of more playing time, but otherwise I’m now better keeping my mouth shut.”

Galatasaray were also reportedly interested in signing the striker this Summer, as were German and Italian clubs Wolfsburg and Lazio.

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