Spurs confirm Vincent Janssen exit

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Vincent Janssen has left the club to join Mexican side Monterrey for a reported fee of £6.3m.

What’s the word?

The Netherlands international endured a nightmare spell in north London.

Signed from AZ Alkmaar in 2016, he netted just six goals during his career at the club; four of those were penalties, while the two from open play came in thrashings, the fifth in a 6-0 win over Millwall and the fourth in a 4-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth.

Spurs have reportedly made a significant loss on the deal, having paid £17m to acquire Janssen’s signature, and his departure leaves the club with just Harry Kane as their senior out-and-out striker.

Doomed to fail

Janssen was always unlikely to make a big impact at Spurs.

Yes, he scored goals in the Eredivisie – 32 in 49 for Alkmaar to be precise – but he has never been the right fit for Mauricio Pochettino.

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He does not have enough pace, enough desire to press, or enough finishing ability and has struggled throughout his time in England.

On top of that, serving as understudy to Kane is an incredibly unenviable task, one that eventually proved too much for Janssen as he had to settle for impact from the bench and in cup competitions.

He now has the chance to resuscitate his career in Mexico and, at the age of 25, he has time on his side. But Spurs should just be glad to see the back of him and the lowly transfer fee suggests that is the case.

After all, this is a club with a fantastic record in the transfer market, two summers ago selling fringe players in Kevin Wimmer and Nabil Bentaleb for over £17m apiece.

Letting Janssen leave for a fraction of his original fee isn’t Tottenham’s usual stance on exits, and it’s one that hints at a desire to simply get the striker out of the door.

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