Despite having one of the best seasons in top-flight English football, where Tottenham Hotspur were clearly a force to reckon with for most Premier League giants, Mauricio Pochettino had one of the worse transfer periods last season.
The Argentine boss, who is known to nurture some of the best young talents in the country in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and more could churn out only some disastrous displays from Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko. The duo had cost the North London side a whopping sum and made no contribution to their successful season, whatsoever.
And if reports are to be believed now, the Premier League runner-up are now looking to offload their striker, Janssen. The Dutch international has had a debut season to forget in the Premier League with the Lilywhites willing to let him leave, even before they have completed paying the instalments to his previous club AZ Alkmaar.
With Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach willing to offer some £12 million for the striker, Spurs are really considering the offer for Janssen, who could manage just one goal from open play since his £20m arrival from Eredivisie. In total, he could score 10 goals in all competitions for Spurs and register five assists.
However, no matter how futile his being at the Tottenham camp seems at the moment, it seems like a grave mistake Spurs would be making if they sell him for cheap now. English Premier League has always been the toughest league for some of the best talents across the world and Pochettino would be foolish not to give him another chance.
The physicality of the gameplay and stiff climate of the nation has proved to be an initial hindrance for many and Janssen seems no exception either. However, that doesn’t cross out his abilities as a striker that impressed Pochettino in the first place. In the 2015-16 season with Alkmaar, Janssen was nearly unstoppable with a whopping 27 goals in 34 league games.
He was a hit for second-tier side Almere City FC earlier but very few strikers coming from the lower tiers are able to replicate their success in the top flight but Janssen did that brilliantly. Even in national colours, the 23-year-old has scored seven times in 13 games.
Tottenham are taking a huge risk in selling him as, given his young age, there is a big chance he would succeed if given more time. However, with the player also admitting that he was “not satisfied” with the season overall, there is only little to do. Do you think the Spurs should sell him already?