Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Vincent Janssen has been added to Tottenham’s Premier League squad and will now be in contention for first-team matches.
Janssen was heavily linked with a transfer or loan to a number of clubs on deadline day, including Burnley, Cardiff City, Real Betis and Schalke.
A deal failed to materialise, and many believed that meant Janssen would spend another few months in limbo at Spurs.
However, Pochettino has revealed the Dutchman will now be added to the Premier League squad following the exits of Mousa Dembele and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
“We now have two free places – with Nkoudou going to Monaco and Dembele to China – I think he’s going to be on the list,” Pochettino said in a press conference (via ESPN).
“That is my decision, that he’s going to be involved with the first team from today and he’s going to be like another player with the chances – if he deserves it – to be in the squad or to play.
Fernando Llorente has been leading the line in recent matches because Harry Kane is sidelined with an ankle injury.
There is now a possibility Janssen will challenge Llorente for his place in the starting line-up. However, it’s difficult to see the 24-year-old breaking into the team.
He has only played Under-23 football this season, and Pochettino seems to have a lot of trust in Llorente, who has scored two goals in his last three appearances.
Llorente will probably stay in the team until Kane returns, meaning Janssen is unlikely to get much of a look-in before an inevitable summer exit.