By Harry Sykes
Vincent Janssen was omitted from the Tottenham team that drew 3-3 against Wycombe in the FA Cup on Saturday – and fans are convinced he will be sold in the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino omitted the £18million big-name signing from last summer even though first choice striker Harry Kane was unavailable due to injury.
Janssen was used as Kane’s replacement when the England international was sidelined with ankle ligament damage earlier in the campaign.
But Pochettino overlooked the Holland international against lowly Wycombe, who are in the fourth tier of English football, and opted to start without a recognised striker.
Son Heung-Min, who normally plays in a wide forward role, spearheaded the attack, supported by attacking midfield trio Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Moussa Sissoko and Josh Onomah.
It was a system that did not pay dividends as Spurs were 2-0 down against the League Two side at half-time, at which point N’Koudou was replaced by Janssen.
The 22-year-old was at the heart of the Premier League side’s second-half revival, providing a focal point for the attack and winning and then converting the penalty that drew the scores level at 2-2.
But Tottenham fans believe his omission at the start demonstrated the lack of faith from the manager on the back of what has been an underwhelming debut campaign.
Many believe his place on the bench is indicative of Spurs’ desire to sell him in the summer.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Bastoô (@Ba57too) January 28, 2017
Christ, Janssen can’t even get a start against Wycombe #COYS
— Mike Curry (@FAC69Unknown) January 28, 2017
— KR THFC (@kartikr99) January 28, 2017
Think we can say goodbye to Vincent Janssen at Spurs. Not starting against a League Two team is about as big a snub as you can get. #COYS
— Oliver Young-Myles (@OMyles90) January 28, 2017
— Kyle Wetton (@Kwetton10) January 28, 2017
— george smith (@georgiebhoy36) January 28, 2017
Janssen’s not in the starting 11 today – he must be off surely ?#COYS
— yidarmy35 (@Yidarmy35) January 28, 2017
Janssen was signed from AZ Alkmaar last summer on the back of a prolific season in the Dutch league, in which he scored 27 goals in 34 league encounters.
But he has failed to replicate that form at Tottenham, with his 24 matches in all competitions yielding no goals for open play, with all four of his strikes from the penalty box.
In other Tottenham team news, a striker has put pen to paper on a transfer after Spurs agreed terms.