When Tottenham Hotspur signed Vincent Janssen for £17 million in the summer of 2016, big things were expected of the Dutch striker.
However, the ex-AZ Alkmaar striker has only netted two goals in 27 appearances for Spurs, leading to a season-long loan deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce. Since leaving London, an injury suffered in early winter has limited Janssen to just 13 appearances and three goals.
The Dutchman’s future looks very much in doubt, leading many Tottenham supporters wondering what is next for the striker.
Just 23 years of age, Janssen still has a long career ahead of him, but so far has not shown enough to justify a place at White Hart Lane. After a superb debut season at AZ, in which he bagged 27 goals and was the Eredivisie top scorer, Janssen has failed to find his finishing boots.
In the following two seasons combined, Janssen has not mustered a double-digit goal tally. The drop-off in scoring is concerning but is not entirely unexpected considering the vastly different levels of defending in the Eredivisie compared to other continental leagues.
And with the Dutch international also misfiring in Turkey, serious questions arise over whether Janssen can cut it at the top level of European football.
With Harry Kane the undisputed first-choice striker at Spurs for the foreseeable future, and with Fernando Llorente a viable backup option that has seen very little playing time this year, it seems Janssen sits very low on the pecking order in North London.
Spurs fans have always appreciated Janssen’s work ethic and impressive work rate, but effort can only take a striker so far without a necessary output of goals. The Dutchman seems destined for pastures new in the summer, looking likely to leave Tottenham with two years remaining on his contract.
Judging by Janssen’s Instagram, he is enjoying his time in Istanbul, and perhaps another chance at Fenerbahce would prove the best option for his young career.