On Tuesday, Tottenham Hotspur announced striker Vincent Janssen had undergone minor foot surgery and would be rehabilitating at the club.
The news will come as a bitter blow to both Janssen and Tottenham, as his injury problems almost certainly rule out a summer exit that would have been the correct move for both parties.
After joining Spurs in 2016 from AZ Alkmaar, the Dutch striker has scored a total of two Premier League goals for the club in 28 appearances. Currently behind the likes of Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente in the pecking order up front at Tottenham, Janssen’s days in north London appeared numbered at the start of the summer.
He was shipped out to Fenerbahce on loan last campaign, and a permanent return to Turkey during the transfer window seemed like a logical switch.
But those plans have now been thrown into disarray by the news of Janssen’s surgery and the further confirmation that his return to fitness will be monitored by the Tottenham medical staff. This likely means he will remain in London past the closure of the Turkish transfer window on 31 August.
When Janssen recovers from his operation he will be eager to prove himself again at Tottenham, but will see his opportunities extremely limited. A move away from north London will give Janssen increased playing time that will boost his confidence and end his Spurs nightmare.
Unfortunately for the Dutch international, foot surgery denied him a chance at such an exit this summer. But with a speedy recovery, Vincent Janssen can finally start anew away from Tottenham Hotspur and recapture his form that made him the Eredivise’s leading scorer in 2015/16.