OK, I guess we need to do at least one transfer related article on deadline day, even though there isn’t much going on and Spurs aren’t expected to do any business. But there’s a story floating around in the Turkish media that says that Galatasaray are considering making a late bid for £17m striker Vincent Janssen.
The story, such as it is, says that Janssen is unsettled and the Turkish club is ready to give him a new chance in another new league. The idea of selling Janssen just months after Spurs bought him is ridiculous on its surface, but apparently there might actually be interest there.
From Galatasaray. Not from Spurs.
Report in Turkey: Galatasaray considering Vincent Janssen bid. Pointless as he's staying at #thfc. No chance of him leaving @SkySportsNewsHQ— Paul Gilmour (@skysportspaulg) January 31, 2017
Yep. This one isn’t happening, even if some segments of Spurs fandom hope it does. Football.London has quotes from Pochettino that explain Janssen’s absence from matches the past few weeks and suggests that he just needs more time.
"I think the decision was good to try to pull him out [of recent matches], the pressure was too much on him in the last few weeks. He needed to be relaxed and calm and only training hard. I think it was a good opportunity for him to score and show his character and personality to take the penalty and score."
"I am happy with him, we are happy with him. Only he needs time to build his confidence and be sure we will give him the possibility to rebuild his trust and confidence."
It’d be ridiculously dumb for Spurs to sell Janssen now, even if he wanted to go. Galatasaray probably wouldn’t be offering a huge transfer fee, and selling him without any sort of a back-up plan leaves Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min as the only two center forwards on the team. Even if you don’t think Janssen can hack it this season, that’d be phenomenally dumb.
Come on, transfer window. Is that the best you’ve got?