By Will Butcher
Tottenham’s new Dutch striker Vincent Janssen revealed that he was close to turning his back on football after being released by Feyenoord.
The 22-year-old was given a free transfer by the Eredivisie giants in 2013, and was forced to drop down into the second division of Dutch football with minnows Almere City at the age of 19.
After two seasons at Almere, he returned to the Dutch top flight and finished top scorer in the division in his only season with AZ Alkmaar, bagging 27 goals in 34 appearances last term to earn an £18.8million transfer to Tottenham.
Speaking in Melbourne ahead of Spurs’ International Champions Cup game against Juventus, the striker explained how recently he had a make-or-break decision about his future as a footballer.
“I had to make a decision: am I going to go for the football or make another choice,” Janssen said, as quoted by ESPN. “I liked football too much to quit it, but at that moment it was now or never.
“And if it wasn’t going to be what I wanted, I had to make a choice. I said to myself: ‘One time more I’m going to give everything for it’, and you can see what can happen.”
Janssen was the top scorer in the Dutch League last season with a virtual goal-a-game haul, finding the back of the net every 105 minutes.
Spurs agreed to meet Janssen’s former side AZ Alkmaar’sasking price, which has smashed the Dutch outfit’s transfer record to bring the five-time Holland international to North London.
Spurs have also brought in Southampton enforcer Victor Wanyama, as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to add proven quality to his Champions League side.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has revealed why these senior men have been omitted from Spurs’ Australia tour.