Tottenham round-up: Janssen ‘wanted to leave’ London; no Alli contract talks; Carabao Cup victory reaction
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Vincent Janssen ‘wanted to leave’ London this summer after the striker scored his first goal for new side Fenerbahce on Sunday.
The 23-year-old didn’t enjoy the best of debut seasons since arriving from AZ Alkmaar during last summer, scoring just twice in 27 Premier League matches as he played second fiddle to Harry Kane.
And despite interest from West Brom and Brighton on deadline day, it was Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce who secured the services of the Dutchman on a season-long loan earlier this month.
Asked about Janssen yesterday, the Evening Standard quote Pochettino as saying:
“I think it’s important for him [to score] because always all the players struggle in their first season in England.
“When you come from the Netherlands it’s a different level of competition and in the end he wanted to leave and decided to go to Turkey. We are happy if he scored last night. It was really good for him, to try to build again his confidence.”
Talking prior to Tottenham’s Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley on Tuesday, the Tottenham boss also confirmed he hasn’t engaged in any contract talks with Dele Alli despite the newspaper speculation.
The Sun had claimed on Monday that the 21-year-old was set to earn a pay-rise that would see him earn over £100,000-a-week, putting him on a par with Tottenham’s top-earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
But the Argentine dismissed the rumours as just that, telling Sky Sports:
“Like always I tell you, when something happens or if a decision happens the club will communicate but that is a rumour.
“He didn’t ask about that and it’s his business. Of course, every single player can ask me and can knock my door. I am open to giving advice but he didn’t ask me and I cannot say more.”
The England international played 90 minutes on Tuesday evening and scored the winner as Tottenham secured their spot in the Carabao Cup fourth-round with a narrow win over Barnsley.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino put out a strong side against the Championship outfit, with Alli, Kieran Trippier, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen all starting, but it was Alli’s goal that proved the difference.
Juan Foyth was also awarded his first appearance since his late summer switch from Argentinian Superliga side Estudiantes, whilst the result signalled a second victory of the season at Wembley.
Speaking post-match, Tottenham’s Twitter account quoted Pochettino as saying:
“It was a very tough game and I want to congratulate Barnsley. I think the performance was good and we dominated.”
Tottenham now have a few days before returning to Premier League action, where they take the short trip across the capital to east London to face a rejuvenated West Ham in the early kick-off on Saturday.