Cape Town - Struggling
Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen has pledged to continue
fighting for his place in the first team after a disappointing start to
his Spurs career.
Janssen has struggled to make am impact at Spurs with the majority of
his 27 appearances coming from off the bench. However, even when he has
started matches his record in front of goal is poor and all of his four
goals have come from the penalty spot.
The 22-year-old is doing his best to remain positive and admits he
always knew it was going to be a challenge moving to the Premier League
with just one season of top level football behind him.
"I have given myself at least a year to succeed and it's not over yet," he told De Telegraaf.
"I'm still young and, before I came here, I had played at the highest
level only a year. I will fight with everything that is in me. Then we
"In training I feel I'm getting better, but match practice is the
only thing I do not have at this time. I try to compensate by giving all
in training. I do what I can."
Janssen was the subject of transfer rumours during the January
window, but Spurs indicated they were not interested in selling and the
forward himself says he never considered leaving.
"At one point I was asked if I was open to another club but that has never been an option for me," he added.
"I'm only here for half a year and can still develop well myself. I
agree with Gini Wijnaldum; It's a very different intensity here. You
feel that it is physically stronger. They are all great players and the
level is very high."
Spurs next face Mark Hughes' Stoke City at White Hart Lane in an English Premiership clash on Sunday with Mauricio Pochetinno looking to reverse a recent slump.
Kick off is at 15:30.