‘The situation for Vincent is clear’: Spurs striker Janssen to exit club this summer after being left out of pre-season tour of the United States
- Vincent Janssen was signed from AZ Alkmaar for £17million in summer of 2016
- But he struggled to make an impact during his first season at Tottenham Hotspur
- Janssen was then sent out on loan to Turkish club Fenerbahce during 2017-18
- He has been left out of the squad for their pre-season visit to Los Angeles
Vincent Janssen’s career at Tottenham Hotspur is over.
The striker, signed from AZ Alkmaar for £17million in 2016, has not travelled to Los Angeles with the club for their pre-season tour – and Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that he will not be seen again in a Tottenham jersey.
When asked why Janssen and promising young playmaker Josh Onomah were not part of the touring party, the Argentine confirmed the Dutchman’s fate.
Vincent Janssen’s career at Tottenham Hotspur is over after a difficult two seasons at the club
The £17million Dutch striker struggled to make an impact during his time in north London
‘I think it’s different personal situations for different players,’ he said. ‘The situation for Vincent is clear but Josh is part of our plans. He’s injured and doing his recovery with Harry Winks, that’s why he’s not here.’
Great things were expected from Janssen, 24, following his arrival after a breakout year in Holland in which he scored 31 goals, including one against England at Wembley. However, his time in north London has been miserable.
In his first season he netted just twice in the Premier League and was last term sent to Fenerbahce on loan. The Turkish club are keen on repeating that arrangement for a player who has two years remaining on his contract, although Spurs would prefer to see Janssen leave on a permanent move.
Winks underwent ankle surgery in May and continues to be monitored.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino clarified that the ‘situation for Vincent is clear’ during the tour
‘Harry is doing his recovery work in London,’ said Pochettino. ‘He’s doing well after his injury and we’re waiting for the evolution and we hope he can join the group as soon as possible, but at the moment he’s out of the group. We need to assess him every day.’
Spurs arrived in California on Sunday. They take on Roma in San Diego on Wednesday and Barcelona at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, on Saturday. They then head to Minneapolis, where they face AC Milan on August 1.
Meanwhile, young defender Juan Foyth will not be joining the squad after a scan revealed a knee injury to be worse than first thought. Argentinian Foyth, a cup-tie regular, joined Spurs for £8m last summer.
He may well have played a key role in their pre-season preparations given two of the club’s centre backs and makeshift stopper Eric Dier remain on holiday following their involvement in the World Cup.
Harry Winks remains in north London, where he continues his recovery from an ankle injury