Mauricio Pochettino has made a dramatic u-turn over the future of striker Vincent Janssen.
After recovering from foot surgery, the Dutchman has been featuring for Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-23 side in recent weeks as he built up his match fitness ahead of a move away from North London in the January transfer window.
After being linked with a whole host of clubs both on a loan and permanent basis, including Cardiff City, Real Betis, Schalke and Burnley the 24-year-old remained a Tottenham player following the window closing at 11pm last night.
Many expected Janssen to somewhat ‘rot’ for the next few months until he potentially left the club next summer, but Pochettino has now revealed that he will hand a second chance to the forward and he will now be involved with the first team once again.
After Mousa Dembele left for China and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou completed a loan move to Monaco, Janssen has been added to the Premier League squad list.
Pochettino confirmed the news at the pre-Newcastle press conference at Hotspur Way.
He told Football.London: “You know very well my position, I told you in the past. In the same way we have two free places with N’Koudou and Demeble leaving.
“He will be on the list and involved. That is my decision that he will be involved with the first team from today.
“I think for different reasons but the principle reason is one year we decided to send on loan and then the last year he didn’t play, but I think after to try find solution because he wanted to leave and club wanted to provide another place to play football but that was impossible.
“I think the most important thing now is to treat him because he’s a person and my responsibility is to manage people, not sofas or chairs and from today he will be involved with the first team, try to get fit and he is going to be one more on the squad.”
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