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Janssen “keeping [his] options open” on Tottenham future

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Well, that doesn’t sound too promising.

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Vincent Janssen isn’t sure whether he’s going to be a Tottenham Hotspur player next season, according to recent quotes in De Telegraaf. The Dutch striker, who recently scored for the Netherlands in an international match, has had a rough first year in London, and the 22 year old striker has had to suffer the meda labeling him a “flop.”

He’s certainly not satisfied with the way his first season in London has gone — he’s said so on numerous occasions — and now is keeping mum about his future with Spurs, even as he recognizes that collectively Tottenham Hotspur had a very good season.

"Ik had het aanvankelijk moeilijk met mijn rol als invaller, zat soms zelfs op de tribune bij Spurs, maar ik heb ermee leren omgaan zonder me bij een rol op het tweede plan neer te leggen. Ik moest als jonge speler opboksen tegen Harry Kane, de topscorer van de Premier League, misschien wel de zwaarste competitie van de wereld. En een spits die presteert, blijft staan. Verder bleef de ploeg winnen. Met een recordaantal punten zijn we tweede geworden. Dan kan je de boel niet op zijn kop zetten. Soms loopt het zoals het loopt.”

"I initially had difficulty with my role as a substitute, and sometimes I was even in the stands at Spurs, but I learned how to handle it. I had to play against Harry Kane as a young player, the top scorer of the Premier League, which is perhaps the world's toughest league, and strikers who perform remain in the team. The team continued to win, and we came in second with a record number of points. You can’t get upset about that. Sometimes it goes as it goes. "

Janssen went on to say that of course he wants to do better, but he refused to be sucked into saying whether he envisions his future career in north London, or back in the Eredivisie.

"Dat is een zaak voor na het seizoen. Ik wil perspectief hebben op meer speeltijd, maar verder kan ik daar nu beter mijn mond over houden. Ook daar kan ik beter niets over zeggen. Ik houd alle opties open.”

“[What happens next] is a matter for after the holiday break. I want more playing time, but right now I’m better off keeping my mouth shut. I can’t say anything about my future. I’m keeping all of my options open.”

To be fair, nobody knows what Mauricio Pochettino’s intentions are for Janssen. So long as he stays, Janssen will always be second fiddle to Harry Kane, but recent history has shown that it can sometimes take a year for players new to the Premier League to adapt. The improvements of Erik Lamela and Son Heung-Min are proof enough of that.

Janssen has certainly shown glimpses of the player who was the Eredivisie’s leading scorer in 2015-16, and at 22 it seems crazy to give up on him so quickly, but Spurs are going to try and push for a Premier League title next year. Consistency is paramount, and Janssen hasn’t shown it yet.