Vincent Janssen not making Tottenham’s Champions League squad seems to have been all the encouragement De Telegraaf needed to share what they believe to be the player’s side of the story.
Mauricio Pochettino had decided Janssen was unable to lead the line at Tottenham, or be a back-up option, and De Telegraaf say an ‘impatient’ Daniel Levy then got to work, trying to force Janssen out of the club.
First option was West Brom, with Tottenham able to make a profit by selling Janssen for ‘more than €27m’, but at the late stage of the window, the Dutch striker wasn’t interested.
The same went for a loan move to Brighton & Hove Albion, just like with West Brom, Janssen wasn’t keen on the idea.
Up until now, De Telegraaf say Janssen’s representatives, and those who saw the drama unfold from the Oranje camp, have kept things quiet, but Tottenham’s CL blow to the player has changed things.
The pressure being put on 23 year old Janssen was so strong, say the Dutch newspaper, that it was doubted he could be in the right mind to play for his country. Janssen, desperate to represent the Netherlands, was said to not even want contact from Spurs, but the club thought otherwise.
‘Tottenham’s leadership attempted to push a transfer with all force’, according to the claims, and he was told to cooperate with a transfer or face no chance with the senior team at Spurs.
Patrick van Diemen and Louis Laros of the Dutch player’s union are said to have stood behind Janssen and backed his refusal of a ‘lightening quick’ transfer.
After refusing the West Brom and Brighton moves, De Telegraaf say the chance of Janssen ‘getting minutes in Tottenham’s shirt is almost nil’, and they add ‘Tottenham will make it so sour that he’ll have to choose a transfer to save his career during the winter break.’
Maybe it would have been better to deal with the situation at the start of the window? Just a thought.