Vincent Janssen has been allowed to leave Tottenham Hotspur for his summer holidays, per Football.London.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino gave the Dutch striker a small reprieve at the end of the season, giving him three Premier League appearances.
Janssen failed to score in any of them – he saw one header cleared off the line against West Ham United – and he has now been axed from the squad, despite them preparing for the Champions League final against Liverpool this weekend.
The 24-year-old has not been registered in Spurs’ European squad so will play no part against the Reds in Madrid.
But it is perhaps a surprise that he has been allowed to go on his holidays, with a number of young players helping the first-team stars prepare for the biggest game in the club’s history.
Janssen has endured a nightmare spell in north London, scoring just six times in 42 appearances.
Janssen’s Spurs career is surely over.
He has never really fitted in, despite the £17million fee lavished upon him. But this feels like a missed trick from Pochettino.
The club’s first-team stars are currently training alongside the youth players as they attempt to sharpen themselves up ahead of the final in Spain.
Keeping Janssen around would surely have been just the ticket.
He is far more experienced than most of the youngsters in the squad – he was the top scorer in the Eredivisie prior to his switch to England – and he offers a different threat for the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to deal with in training.
Unity is key at a time like this as well, with Spurs needing all hands on deck.
Simply telling Janssen to head to his sunbed feels like a mistake, even with his absolutely terrible form. He was never likely to play a part in the final; he could well have prepared the XI who will, though.