When Vincent Janssen signed for Tottenham all the way back in 2016, it’s safe to say neither he or his advisors expected Spurs to reach a Champions League final just three years later.
If that eventuality was in mind, then two possible scenarios could have played out. The Dutchman would either be a key part of that side in 2019 or he’d be nowhere near the team.
Sadly, it was the latter that Janssen experienced. Still on the books of the north London club, he wasn’t included in the matchday squad as the Lilywhites eventually lost to Liverpool.
Just a few weeks later he was finally taking his leave from the club after a pretty dismal 104 or so weeks in the English capital.
Janssen signed for the club in a deal worth £17m and promised so much upon his arrival in the Premier League.
The now 27-year-old had bagged 32 times in 49 outings for AZ Alkmaar, catching the attention of plenty across Europe.
The Netherlands international looked a natural-born goalscorer but like many who have tried themselves in the top-tier of English football, he was a disaster.
During his three years at the club, of which one year was spent on loan at Fenerbahce in Turkey, he cost the club the best part of £3m in wages on £25k-per-week, meaning that he ransacked Daniel Levy’s pockets of £20m.
Sadly, that money didn’t really get Tottenham anywhere. The club did compete among Europe’s elite at that time but with the striker playing a very minimal part in that, featuring on just 46 occasions and scoring six times.
He attracted vast amounts of criticism and after moving to Turkey on a temporary basis, was labelled a “fraud” by pundits in that part of the world.
It’s safe to say the attacker hasn’t had the best of careers and the very fact he cost Levy and co £3.3m per goal says it all.
Janssen completed his days in the capital by playing for the U23s and try as he might, he could never prove his fitness or his quality. He missed 50 matches and a whopping 292 days through injury as his career rather fell away. Now, the forward is playing his football in Mexico, where again he is failing disastrously, scoring once in 20 outings this term.
Spurs have had some questionable offensive players down the years, namely Roberto Soldado, but with 16 goals to his name in the white of Tottenham, it’s evident who the bigger mistake here was.
Both players arguably suffered from the rapidly improving Harry Kane at the time, and it says a lot that no striker has really settled into life at the club since he appeared on the scene.
Both Janssen and Soldado were pretty hefty flops.