Premier League Club Make U-Turn To Register Player They Wanted Gone

Vincent Janssen's Spurs future looked like it was done and dusted but the Dutchman has been handed a lifeline by Mauricio Pochettino.

After building his fitness with minutes in the club's reserve side, the former AZ Alkmaar man was poised to finally leave North London in January but a move never materialised.

Image: PA
Image: PA

And as a result, Janssen has been allocated a squad number and named in the club's Premier League squad following the departures of Mousa Dembele and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.

Today, Pochettino confirmed that Janssen is training with the first-team and could be called upon up top in the absence of talisman Harry Kane.

"When we now have two free places, with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou going to Monaco and Dembele to China, he's going to be on the list," Pochettino said in his press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Newcastle.

"That is my decision, that he's going to be involved with the first team from today."

Janssen signed for Spurs in 2016 in a £17 million move off the back of a 27-goal season in his native Holland, but he struggled to replicate that form and scored just six goals in 38 appearances.

He spent last season on loan at Turkish outfit Fenerbahce alongside fellow Spurs flop Roberto Soldado, where he found the net five times in 18 appearances.

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