Tottenham have yet to make a signing this summer and that underlines the faith that Mauricio Pochettino has in the players already at his disposal.
A signing or two could happen before the window closes, but it takes a special sort of player to suit the Argentine’s methods and he won’t want to sign a player for the sake of it. Last summer, Spurs were burned by a few bad transfers and they don’t want to make the same mistakes this year.
Vincent Janssen arrived with a good reputation that he earned in the Eredivisie and there was hope that he could step up to provide solid competition for Harry Kane. However, the Dutchman struggled and scored only two Premier League goals during his debut campaign.
He may have played a supporting role, but he was given chances to impress and he couldn’t make the most of them. Although there has been interest in the striker this summer, the Daily Mail report that Pochettino is prepared to give him one more season to prove that he isn’t a flop.
This news means that is it highly unlikely that the club are going to make a move for another striker during this transfer window, which will be disappointing for many of the supporters that had hoped another goal threat would be added to the squad. There is money to invest after the sale of Kyle Walker for a fee of £54 million, but that will not be spent on a striker.
There was excitement when the club signed Janssen, as he had just had a superb season with AZ and finished the year as the Eredivisie top scorer. He had emerged from nowhere in the Netherlands, as it was only his first season in the top flight, but he immediately made an impact.
The 23-year-old quickly rose to be seen as the future of the Oranje attack and earned a big move to White Hart Lane. Some thought that it was too early to leave his homeland, but Tottenham saw potential in him and thought they needed to act quickly to land him.
It was easy to see why Spurs wanted to sign Janssen, as he has a similar playing style to Harry Kane. Since taking the manager’s job, Pochettino has looked to build a balanced squad with back-up players capable of stepping up without affecting the style of the team.
Janssen is an intelligent striker, who is capable of linking up well with the midfield. Furthermore, his form in Holland suggested that he was a natural finisher and he did look to be a good signing to compete with Kane.
The transition from the Eredivisie to the Premier League is not an easy one. Several have struggled to adjust and the need for time is evident. Tottenham have taken the decision to give Janssen another season and that is the correct stance.
At the age of 23, he has plenty of time to develop and he will have learned a lot from the last 12 months. He can now go into the new season with lower expectations and the pressure won’t be as evident. At international level, he has proven himself to be a good striker for the Netherlands.
The former AZ man has the ability, but he now needs to prove it for Spurs in order to save his Premier League career.