Janssen remains positive
Mauricio Pochettino celebrated the important goal with some gusto, as if Janssen had scored a last minute winner. Would he have done that if he had already made the decision to sell him in the summer?
He hauled him off against Aston Villa in a previous round and criticised his training suggesting he must do more. Nobody gives you success, you have to work for it, you have to do what it takes. Clearly, in training he wasn't doing what it takes, he has had to make a decision to make an even greater effort and perhaps that effort is now starting to pay off.
Pochettino doesn't tolerate shirkers, if you won't do what it takes to improve then he doesn't waste his time on you. It is up to the individual to make that decision and motivate themselves to do it. His criticism of Janssen was simply a wake-up call, a question, do you want this enough or not?
It would seem Janssen does want it and Moussa Sissoko doesn't, does Georges-Kevin N'Koudou? Clinton N'Jie didn't. Some ant it on a plate but life isn't like that.
“Of course I feel like I’m getting better. There is a big difference from the Dutch league where I came from and the Premier League is a huge test. But I think I am learning. I work hard in training and then if the chances come you have to show yourself.
“Every game you play, every minute you get you can learn from how they play [Premier League players]. Of course it’s a different league but if you get some minutes you learn. Every time you play more you will improve.
“[There is] less space of course [than the Dutch League]. The center-backs of course are much bigger [in the Premier League], there is a lot more quality in the league.”
The signs are that he might stay, although clearly if he does he will have added competition as we do seem to be in the market for a striker, but then aren't we always, isn't everyone, they are vital.
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