Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen was named to the Netherlands’ national team for their upcoming international matches this week, starting with a World Cup 2018 qualifying match against Bulgaria on Saturday, and a friendly against Italy on Tuesday, and despite being a bit player for his club team this season. That hasn’t seemed to dampen his determination to turn things around at White Hart Lane.
Speaking to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Janssen admitted that he’s not happy with the way things have been going at Spurs this season, but that it’s only making him more determined to force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.
"Of course I'm not satisfied with the amount of playing time in recent months. But I remain positive. Moreover, things are going awfully good at Tottenham Hotspur. I'm not going to walk around and be the only player whining. That makes no sense."
Once a lock-down starter for the Dutch national team, it’s unclear as of yet whether Janssen will start for the Oranje against Bulgaria or whether his lack of playing time will prompt Danny Blind to start Bas Dost in his place. Dost is on a tear playing for Sporting this season, firing in 27 goals in all competitions. It’s unsurprising that Janssen’s international career has been damaged by his inability to break into Spurs’ first team plans, but if he’s given the chance it’s yet another opportunity for him to play well and prove that he’s not the flop he’s being portrayed as in the English media.