Janssen Sets Targets for Debut Season with Tottenham

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) New signing Vincent Janssen of Spurs poses for a picture at Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground on July 12, 2016 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
ENFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) New signing Vincent Janssen of Spurs poses for a picture at Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground on July 12, 2016 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images) /

Recently signed, Vincent Janssen has laid out his targets ahead of his debut season with Tottenham and he hopes to contribute quite a lot.

It’s only natural for players to set aside personal targets when they arrive at their new clubs, and for Vincent Janssen he hasn’t been shy in reaching some lofty goals in his debut season.

“I hope to play a lot, to score a lot of goals and to win prizes.” said the 22-year-old on Tottenham’s official site.

Getting regular playing time will take a couple of months at best — unless injuries occur — but typically Mauricio Pochettino slowly eases new players into the starting XI.

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Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Clinton N’Jie are three examples, where they were integrated slowly into Pochettino’s system after they first arrived.

It took a couple of injuries for Alli and Son to finally be afforded minutes at central midfield and attacking midfield, respectively. But once they got playing time, they were a part of the Argentine’s rotation.

N’Jie got minutes quite early due to Pochettino not trusting Andros Townsend to do a good job as Érik Lamela’s backup, while also being Harry Kane’s understudy without a proper striker being signed.

The only player who made it into Tottenham’s starting XI from day one was Toby Alderweireld because of his partnership with Jan Vertonghen during their playing days with Ajax and on the Belgium national team.

It also made sense to fix central defense after allowing 56 league goals during the 2014-15 campaign with a revolving door at center-back.

With Vincent Janssen signed, his time will come to start over Harry Kane but most likely it will come up during cup competitions first.

About the 22-year-old’s other two targets for this season, scoring a lot and winning championships, at least one of the two is more probable than the other. And that’s scoring a respectable amount of goals.

Janssen’s only season in the Eredivisie isn’t really a fluke as he managed to score 19 goals in the Jupiler League (the second division of Dutch football).

He’s a proven goal scorer and it clearly shows, so it’s not a stretch to think that Vincent Janssen can’t at least reach double digit goals in his first year with Spurs throughout an entire season.

While the competition will be much tougher in the Premier and Champions League during this upcoming campaign, Janssen has managed to score some spectacular goals for club and country as seen above.

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With regards to winning championships, Tottenham have come close twice in back-to-back seasons so perhaps Janssen is onto something when he says he wants to win some silverware with Spurs.

It’s safe to say that Mauricio Pochettino’s squad were over-matched against Chelsea in the League Cup final back in March 2015, in terms of experience, as everyone was in their first year with a new system being implemented.

This past season saw Spurs lose out to Leicester City in horrible fashion by picking up two points in their final four games. Drawing 13 times throughout the season overshadowed the fact that Tottenham only lost six times.

In any event, Pochettino has somehow managed to get Tottenham close to winning championships with a young squad at his disposal. It’s honestly a matter of time, and preference mainly, on whether the Argentine manager wants to win the League Cup over a Premier League title this year.

Last but not least, Vincent Janssen gave his thoughts on why he specifically chose Tottenham for his dream move after Mauricio Pochettino showed interest in the 22-year-old and called him a “perfect” signing.

"“Of course, that’s really nice. That’s one of the reasons I chose to come to Tottenham, the way he thinks and how the team plays, I really like that,” Janssen said.“Like I said, it’s a beautiful club and I have a great chance to develop myself here.”“I can train with a young, talented group with very good staff and I’m ready to develop myself. I can grow with this group, it’s a very talented group and next season we’re in the Champions League as well, so that’s very nice.”“It’s always been a dream for me to play in the Champions League.”“When I was a little child I watched every game in the Champions League. I was so excited to watch that. Now it’s coming close.”"

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Vincent Janssen’s excitement to join Tottenham, his character that Mauricio Pochettino seeks in players and the Dutchman’s abilities, really do sum up as a perfect signing for Spurs, alongside Victor Wanyama who joined as well.

With two positions filled, it’s interesting to see who will become the next target and who will be signed before the month is over, if possible.