Vincent Janssen can resurrect his Tottenham prospects this month if he proves his worth to Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Daily Mail.
The Dutch striker was reportedly in line for a departure from north London in the summer before being hit by injury and only made his return on Monday night, in an under 23s match against Liverpool.
The Mail claim that Spurs want to offload either Janssen or Fernando Llorente this month and if the Spaniard proves easier to shift – with his former club Athletic Bilbao reportedly sniffing around – it could hand Janssen the chance to turn his Spurs career around.
He will have to prove his fitness first, but with Son Heung-min heading off to the Asia Cup after Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, Pochettino will be missing his usual backup option for talisman Harry Kane.
Right now, Janssen’s chances of impressing the fans seem incredibly low but the same could have been said about Moussa Sissoko a matter of months ago.
But the Frenchman knuckled down and given Spurs’ small squad and the need for rotation, he was always going to get chances in the side – and he took them.
For Janssen, the picture is more complicated but with Llorente potentially leaving and Son absent, he could step in when Kane needs a rest.
And if he works as hard as Sissoko did, showing willingness to fight for his place and scoring a couple of goals along the way, he could complete an unlikely turnaround.