New Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen has revealed how he nearly quit the game entirely after being released by Feyenoord in 2013, as reported by ESPN.
The 22-year-old Dutchman signed for Spurs earlier this month for a fee in the region of £17 million, but the former AZ Alkmaar man could have taken a totally different route in life had he given up when he was released from Dutch giants Feyenoord. He was snapped up by Dutch second division side Almere City and he told ESPN:
Vincent Janssen scores for the Netherlands from the penalty spot
"I had to make a decision: am I going to go for the football or make another choice. When you play in the Dutch second division, it's not like you can live off that for your whole life. I said to myself: 'I'm going to invest, I'm going to try it one more time.' And I got a really good club, a really good coach and pushed myself."
Vincent Janssen in action for AZ Alkmaar
The rest is history. The new Tottenham striker scored 29 goals in 69 appearances for Almere, before being sold to AZ in July 2015. It was his form for the Eredivisie side, and his 27 goals in 34 league outings that convinced the Spurs hierarchy to part with £17 million to secure his services.
The White Hart Lane club certainly look in a much stronger position to challenge on all fronts this season after managr Mauricio Pochettino made some fine acquisitions, and the Argentine will be hoping his Dutch striker can take the club one step further than last term.
Netherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's Chris Smalling