Vincent Janssen could be set for a deadline day move as he admits he isn’t happy being back-up at Tottenham. Earlier this week, the Sun reported that Stoke City were interested in the striker and the Potters could be ready to firm up their interest after the striker’s comments. The Dutch international was quoted by the Mirror:
“You’re never happy with [being a backup], everyone wants to play, but the situation is so”.
“If I’m staying? I do not want to say too much about it at the moment. I want to focus on the Netherlands, The other questions I leave for later.”
These quotes suggest that a move is possible for Janssen before the deadline passes. He doesn’t want to comment on whether he is staying and that indicates that there are discussions going on behind the scenes that could lead to an exit. Goal report that Tottenham have made a move for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente and that could lead to their current back-up to Harry Kane leaving for pastures new.
Should he leave Tottenham?
It has been an unhappy time for the Dutchman since moving for Tottenham. He hasn’t been given a run of games in the side and he has already been written off as a flop. For a striker coming to a new league, it is difficult to settle and that is made even harder if you are sat on the bench for the majority of matches.
Last season, he was given only seven Premier League starts and totalled a meagre 832 minutes. He knew it would be difficult to get into the first-team ahead of Harry Kane, but he would have expected more opportunities to impress. The 23-year-old managed only two goals and two assists during the league campaign.
At the age of 23, he has time ahead of him and he can recover from one bad season, but another underwhelming campaign in North London could damage his long-term prospects. If the opportunity arises to gain regular football at another club, it is one he should consider.
How likely is a deadline day departure?
It would be dependent on the incoming transfer business completed by Tottenham. They would need to sign a striker before letting Janssen leave, otherwise they would be left short of back-up for Harry Kane. Fernando Llorente has emerged as a target for them, but there is also interest from Chelsea. If the Dutchman became available, there would be plenty of interest across Europe as several teams are desperate to sign a new striker today.