You can often tell early on in a striker’s Premier League career whether they are going to hit the ground running and thrive or fall well short of the mark and struggle.
Vincent Janssen firmly belonged in the latter category. Spurs splashed out £18.5 million to bring Janssen to North London in the summer of 2016 (Independent) after the striker had enjoyed a prolific season for AZ Alkmaar where he won the Eredivisie golden boot.
While he arrived at White Hart Lane with a lot of expectations on his shoulders, it was apparent pretty soon that he lacked the confidence and pace to thrive in England.
Spurs eventually sold the Dutch international to Mexican side FC Monterrey last summer and the 25-year-old is now rebuilding his career at the club.
The striker looks to have regained some of his lost confidence after netting ten goals in 23 appearances for his new club, more than he managed in 46 Spurs games (Wikipedia).
Former Mexico international, Vicente Vuoso, who spent an extremely brief and unsuccessful spell at Manchester City in 2002, has now raved about the qualities the former Spurs man is showcasing in Mexico.
Speaking to Multimedios, Vuoso said: “He is a beast, I love how he plays.
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“He fights and I like the characteristics he has, he does not shrink when he is hit, a big man who holds the ball.
“He has something different, he has a good shot from mid-distance that perhaps I did not have.”
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With all due respect to Janssen, it looks as if he has found his level in Mexico. While his effort and work rate during his time at Spurs could never be faulted, he just didn’t have the sharpness required for a Premier League striker. However, having said that I’m sure Jose would have taken him last month when we were down to bare bones after injuries to Kane, Son, and Bergwijn.