In Focus: Tottenham striker wants to stay this summer; Pochettino could get rid

According to reports in the Sunday Sun, Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen says he has no intention of leaving the club this season despite enduring a difficult campaign.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Spurs striker has struggled to make an impression at White Hart Lane following a £17m move from AZ Alkmaar last summer, and he has scored just six goals in all competitions for the Premier League title challengers – with four of those coming from the penalty spot – while often playing second fiddle to Harry Kane.

The Dutchman told SunSport: “There have been a lot of rumours about me leaving but I have not been at the club for a year yet. When I joined I signed a long contract and I am happy here.

“Of course I am disappointed with my number of goals but I am not a quitter. I like the club — my team-mates, the staff, the fans, the training, everything — and we are doing well, so why would I leave?”

Has he been a little unlucky?

A little bit, yes.

If Kane is fit, he will start and that means that first team opportunities will already be limited for Janssen.

Many of his appearances have come from the substitutes’ bench and it can be difficult to make a significant impact if you are only on the pitch for a matter of minutes, and still in your debut season in the Premier League.

That said he has also missed his fair share of sitters throughout the campaign.

Will Pochettino keep the faith?

Even if Spurs fail to win the title they will likely have Champions League football to look forward to next term and the Argentine boss will know that he needs a reliable alternative to Kane, who won’t be able to play every single game.

What’s the verdict, then?

Janssen certainly deserves to have another crack next season as it can take time to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, but if Pochettino hasn’t been impressed with what he has seen then he could be deemed surplus to requirements this summer.