Vincent Janssen has endured a torrid time since joining Tottenham Hotspur from AZ 12 months ago. The Dutch international has scored only two Premier League goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as he struggled to adapt to the demands of English football.
However, Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth, as quoted by the Daily Star, has claimed that Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is preparing a bid for Janssen as he looks to enhance his striking arsenal following their disappointing opening-day reversal against Everton.
Having sold Marko Arnautovic to West Ham United, Hughes has money to spend. In this transfer window he has signed Bruno Martins Indi from Porto for £7 million, as well as Darren Fletcher and Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea.
Nonetheless, with Jon Walters having also departed for Burnley, Hughes is woefully short of attacking options. Saido Berahino was deployed as a loan forward against Everton but has yet to convince following his protracted move from West Bromwich Albion. Berahino hasn’t found the net in any of his 14 appearances for Stoke.
What would Janssen bring to Stoke?
Although Janssen has failed to live up to expectations at Spurs, where his chief role has been deputy to Harry Kane, his record in the Eredivisie was highly impressive. In the 2015/16 campaign he scored 27 goals in 34 games for AZ, which persuaded Pochettino to part with £17 million for his signature. Hughes may be willing to overlook last season as a one-off and believe that it could help him to land Janssen, who also has seven goals for the Netherlands, on the cheap.
Janssen is capable with both feet and thrives as a number nine, latching onto crosses from outside the box. He is a physical presence who can hold up the ball and link up play. Aside from his time at Spurs, his goalscoring record is exceptional and he would surely relish being first choice, instead of an understudy. Stoke certainly need more firepower up front and Janssen may well be worth taking a punt on.
Pochettino evidently has little faith in Janssen and would be open to selling if his valuation is met. For the player himself, regular football is essential and he is not going to get it at Spurs. A move to Stoke could be beneficial to all parties.