Vincent Janssen arrived at Tottenham amid hype and expectations. The Dutchman cost £17 million in transfer fees and was expected to be a star for Spurs, having scored 27 goals for AZ in the Eredivisie during the 2015-16 season.
He was supposed to both supplement and complement Harry Kane in attack at White Hart Lane this campaign.
Things, though, have not gone according to plan. Although there can be no doubt that Janssen has talent and works hard for the team, he has been a huge disappointment in front of goal. The 22-year-old striker has been able to score only two goals in 24 Premier League appearances for Tottenham so far this season.
It was not the cleanest of strikes, though. Janssen’s initial shot on goal was saved, but the Spurs striker made no mistake on the second attempt. The youngster celebrated what was only his second Premier League goal of the season with gusto, and his teammates joined in. The joy and relief on Janssen’s face was evident.
The goal could boost Janssen’s confidence, and that can only be a good thing for him.
Of course, it is not going to make him an automatic starter in the team for the rest of the season, but with Tottenham just four points behind leaders and London rivals Chelsea in second place in the Premier League table, it will make manager Pochettino take more notice of him.
Janssen is still going to be an impact substitute, but now Pochettino will feel more confident bringing him on early in the game when his side need to score.
Although Pochettino may have publicly backed Janssen, the striker should be aware that his future at Tottenham is far from guaranteed. Football is a ruthless business, and if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy finds a better and more promising striker, then he could let go of Janssen in the summer transfer window. After all, Spurs cannot afford to have passengers in their team.
It is time for Janssen to show what he is capable of. There are talks of him being the new Roberto Soldado, and he should use such comments as motivation to prove his detraction wrong.
Tottenham are a club on the up and have an exciting future. For the Dutchman to remain a part of the North London outfit’s fabric in the coming years, the last few weeks of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign is going to be crucial.