Vincent Janssen has admitted he did not play for Tottenham as often as he expected following his move to the club in the summer of 2016.

The striker joined Spurs from AZ Alkmaar to provide competition for Harry Kane but barely started because of a lack of goals. He scored just six goals in 42 appearances across all competitions before leaving permanently for Mexican side Monterray last year.

Having found the net 27 times in the Eredivisie the season before he signed for Tottenham, there were high hopes for Janssen in north London. But the Dutchman suffered from a severe lack of confidence in front of goal and was eventually shipped off to Fenerbahce on loan.

Now seemingly settled in Mexico, Janssen has looked back on his troubled spell with Spurs.

“It was not the period I was hoping for at Tottenham,” he told Dutch outlet VTBL. “As a 22-year-old boy from AZ this was a great step, but I didn’t make the minutes there that I expected. Also I did not reach my level there. Ultimately you want to play again, be a footballer and be appreciated.”

It’s a shame things didn’t work out for Janssen. His lack of experience and inability to displace Kane meant it was always going to be difficult for him under Mauricio Pochettino. At least he has now found a new permanent home.



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