Vincent Janssen has been discussing his life in Mexico and his ill-fated spell at Tottenham Hotspur with the Dutch press this week.
The Netherlands international left Tottenham in July after three unsuccessful seasons in North London. The striker made a surprise switch to Liga MX outfit Monterrey for a fee in the region of £6 million (Goal).
The 25-year-old has been in good form since the move, scoring 10 goals in 28 games, helping his new side win the Liga MX title in the process.
Speaking to VTBL, Janssen is clearly happy to be playing in Mexico. But he also spoke of his disappointment at how his time at Tottenham failed to live up to expectations.
“I’m having a good time in Mexico. I have had many wonderful experiences recently. Last December we became champion of Mexico. It was my first championship, and to become that in Mexico after five months was something special…
“…It was not the period I was hoping for at Tottenham. As a 22 year old boy from AZ this was a great step, but I didn’t make the minutes there that I expected. Also I did not reach my level there. Ultimately you want to play again, be a footballer and be appreciated.”
Janssen was something of a passion project for former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As reported by Sky Sports, Pochettino had personally scouted the Dutchman in the summer of 2016 before sanctioning an £18.6 million move for the player who had scored 32 goals in the previous season for AZ Alkmaar.
Janssen was supposed to be a decent back-up option to Harry Kane in Tottenham’s attack. However, he struggled to find any form at Spurs before injuries decimated his final season at the club.
Tottenham lost big money on Janssen and his failed transfer might be one of Pochettino’s biggest disappointments from his time at Spurs.
But it is great to see that Janssen, who remained fairly popular with the Tottenham fanbase, is now enjoying his football again in Mexico.