Stoke City Readying A Bid For This Dutch International: An Ambitious Move By Hughes?

It had been a relatively cold transfer window for Stoke City until a couple of days back but the Potters are seemingly likely to make a late dash to tighten their screws before the window shuts down it seems. As per one of the latest reports, Stoke City are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur and are in the contemplative stage of chalking a deal with the North London based outfit in order to bring Vincent Janssen to bet365 Stadium this summer.

Mark Hughes is desperate to bolster his attacking arsenal and getting someone like Janssen makes perfect sense. He had sanctioned the sale of veteran and prolific forward Marko Arnautovic to West Ham United earlier this summer and it goes without saying that Arnautovic’s exit has undoubtedly weakened their offensive prospects. In a scenario like this, Hughes does need a proven attack and Janssen ticks a lot of boxes of a decent goal getter.

The 23-year-old carved a name for himself with his outstanding form with Dutch outfit Almere City and subsequently, AZ Alkmaar pouched on him and made him sign on the dotted line in 2015. Despite a timorous start with the Cheeseheads, Janssen eventually made his mark in Eredivisie as he banged as many as 27 goals in the season and his tremendous poaching instinct inside the box made him a household name in Netherlands.

Eventually, Spurs lured him to their ranks last summer, but under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino, the striker failed to live up to the expectations or his own calibre owing to the trust which the Argentine has on Harry Kane. The availability of Kane has overshadowed the career of the Dutchman even before it actually kicked off for the Lilywhites and at this stroke of hour, Janssen does need regular game time in order to put his career back on track, and Stoke City would be an ideal destination for him.

The Feyenoord youth product is a clinical finisher up front and holding the ball and bringing his teammates into the equation in the final third are his strongest suits. His positional sense and movements are quite shrewd and he has the requisite pace in his legs to trouble the oppositions’ defenders. He is comfortable with both feet and is physically strong enough to lead Stoke City’s attack. Frankly speaking, Janssen’s career has stagnated terribly at Spurs and it is about time for him to jog on towards a new endeavour.

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