Netherlands coach Danny Blind has praised out-of-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen’s decision to remain in North London during the transfer window.
The Dutchman has struggled since his arrival in England with each of his four goals this season coming from the penalty spot, but the national team boss admires the choice he made in January to stay and compete for his place.
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“Vincent has chosen to do this full year at Tottenham. There is something to be said for that,” Blind told Dutch television show Studio Voetbal.
“When I suggested that there is interest [from other clubs], he chose to fight.”
Janssen has played mostly a bit-part role in the Spurs side this term, with half of his 10 starts coming in cup competitions.
The excellent form of star forward Harry Kane, coupled with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s preference to play with just one up front, has limited the 22-year-old’s opportunities thus far.
When he has featured, Janssen has looked short of confidence and slightly off the pace, unable to influence matches as he did for AZ Alkmaar during the 2015-16 campaign.
His 32-goal haul for the Eredivisie outfit convinced Tottenham to pay £17 million for his services last summer, but so far they have received little in the way of return on their investment.
Whilst there is still time for Janssen to prove his worth at White Hart Lane, there is a growing consensus that he does not have the requisite skills to thrive in the Premier League and his future at the club beyond this season looks in major doubt.