Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen has stated that he is determined to be a success at the Premier League club, despite plenty of criticism coming his way in recent weeks.
The Netherlands international moved to White Hart Lane in the summer from AZ Alkmaar and was touted as a high-quality alternative to Harry Kane in the Spurs team.
However, Janssen has struggled to make an impact in North London, with the striker failing as yet to get to grips with English football.
This has led to criticism from some pundits and a section of the Tottenham fans, with questions being asked over whether the attacker is good enough for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Janssen was omitted from the matchday squad that was beaten 1-0 by Gent in Thursday night’s Europa League clash in Belgium, but the centre forward is hoping to play a telling role against Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday.
“I have given myself 12 months to succeed in the Premier League with Tottenham,” The Mirror quote the Dutchman as saying.
“And those 12 months are not over yet. The level is really high here. Up until last week we were second in the league.
“Don’t forget I had only played one season at the highest level in Holland when Spurs bought me from AZ Alkmaar. In a short period of time I have made some big steps forward in my career.
“I’m not going to throw the towel in just because things are not going great for the first time in my career. I am jumping to put the Spurs shirt on, but I will have to prove to the coach that I deserve to play.
“I was only told one hour before the game on Thursday that I had to sit in the stand, I was the 19th man. Obviously that message made me sad. But the manager makes the choices. I am hoping to play against Fulham in the FA Cup.’’
With Kane nursing a knock from the defeat in Belgium, Janssen looks set to play a role against the Championship side on Sunday.