Mauricio Pochettino likes his players to be supremely fit and Vincent janssen has been publicly told it is up tio him to improve his game and force his way into the team. Our Argentinian manager told the press last season as the Dutch striker struggled to adjust his game and make an impact.
The ITK rumours are that Pochettino does not think he is fit enough and that suggests that Jansen is not putting everything in on the training ground, a place where you have to push yourself, not save it for a game. There will be those who misinterpret that, but the training ground is where you first have to develop your show the manager you are ready in all aspects to be picked in the team. If any one aspect is missing, such as fitness, then there are other players who deserve a place by what they are showing.
Janssen quite simply is not showing enough in training to warrant a place and he has now been left out of the UEFA Champions League squad in favour of new signing Fernando Llorente who hasn't played for us and has only just started training. That is a kick in the teeth, he can not now play in the competition in th group stages, not even if we have an injury crisis.
The Premier League and domestic cups are only available to him and if he isn't considered good enough to play in the UEFA Champions League, then will he considered good enough to play in the Premier League, the route we must use to qualify again?
Quite possibly, Janssen is just looking at thee FA Cup, which doesn't start until next year, when he might not even be here and the League Cup, which as a UEFA Champions League side, we enter in the Third Round.
Before January, he could be looking at just the Third, Fourth and Fifth Rounds of the League Cup as his only full games. The two-legged semi-final is in January.
There was interest in him during the transfer window, but we couldn't let him go without securing another striker to take his place. On the last day we bought Fernando Llorente.
Janssen couldn't go on loan to Brighton as they couldn't take any more loan players, they filled their quota so that possibility disappeared, although it is thought he turned the chance down. Any deal would have had to be a permanent deal and Brighton wouldn't be interested in paying the kind of transfer fee we would want.
He turned down a move to WBA for which it is suggested a fee of £25 million (€27.19m - AUS$40.54m - US$32.31m) was asked for.
In addition I'm not sure Brighton would be the Dutchman's choice of club, considering he had several offers from several countries, including back home in Holland, Germany and France on top of those clubs who enquired about him from the Premier League. Presu,mably none were prepared to pay th asking price.
He has a lot of work to do before Christmas if he is to rescue a career at Tottenham that looks as if it is in it's dying throws.
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