Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen made his first appearance for the club in almost two years on Tuesday.
Mauricio Pochettino included the Dutchman amongst his substitutes against Brighton and called upon the 24-year-old in the second half as Spurs struggled to break the Seagulls down.
Even though he was on the bench, it was still somewhat surprising to see Janssen actually brought on given his struggles.
Janssen was unable to contribute a goal for the team, but did try noticeably hard to make an impression.
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It has been a tough time for the striker, who struggled to adapt to the Premier League following his £17 million move from AZ Alkmaar (ITV).
On Wednesday, Janssen, who went out on loan to Fenerbahce last term, took to social media to thank fans for their support. He said: “So happy to be back, thanks to all the fans for the amazing support! #nevergiveup #coys”
It remains to be seen if Janssen will be given further chances by Pochettino, although the fact that the team are in the Champions League semi-finals may suggest he could be called upon to cover in the league, especially with Harry Kane out of the picture.
Tottenham fans react
A lot of Spurs fans wrote messages of encouragement to Janssen, with one or two even imploring him to take heart from Moussa Sissoko’s superb renaissance after experiencing similar hardships:
Well done Vinny made a decent impact when you came on, now to bag a hat trick against West Ham 💪🏻
— 🇧🇷 (@BaldMessi) 24 April 2019
Well done Vinny lad, superb work rate and effort when you came on, hope to see more of you this season
— Finley Chung (@finley_chung10) 24 April 2019
I hope you do a sissoko 🙏🤞never to late to turn it around, starting with a goal against West Ham please!
— Steve (@steview6203) 24 April 2019
Keep it up legend.
— Daniel. (@Danderweireld) 24 April 2019
Never give up💙
— MR (@Mrtottenham2) 24 April 2019
Wonderful to see you back on the pitch, Vincent! Hope we’ll get to see you bang a few in during the remainder of the season!!
— Milwaukee Spurs (@MKESpurs) 24 April 2019
Just bang in a couple at the weekend please. Welcome back Vinny.
— Rachael Francis (@Rachael87354743) 24 April 2019
There is obviously a lot more behind this story but glad to see Janssen get another chance! Was full of running&thought he was going to get a tap in when Ryan spilled one! Good luck for rest of season #COYS
— Déaglán Ó Dúda (@Decks84) 24 April 2019
— Peter Risley (@peter_risley) 24 April 2019
Pull a sissoko
— Besele Moses Moloi™ (@BenzyYidArmy) 24 April 2019
Score a goal and you will bring the house down Vinny! Redemption is best served in front of the south stand!
— Zatchhh (@ZachhhZachhh) 24 April 2019