Perhaps Wout Weghorst was put off a move to the Premier League by the man he replaced at AZ Alkmaar – Vincent Janssen.
Janssen was the Eredivisie’s 27-goal Golden Boot winner in 2015/16, but his career has stalled horribly since an £18 million move to Tottenham. After scoring just two domestic goals and being loaned out to Fenerbahce, the Dutchman has now been left out of Spurs’ 25-man Premier League squad.
And Weghorst was seemingly keen not to follow in Janssen’s footsteps, despite admitting that he dreams of joining Liverpool in the future, as reported by EFL Voetbal.
The big centre forward instead swapped AZ for Wolfsburg for around £9 million after scoring 18 Eredivisie goals in 2017/18. And the Dutch international has now admitted why he preferred a move to Germany over the Premier League.
“I have made every choice in my career conscious to be able to develop as well as possible. Everything step by step, not too hurried. Considered. This also applies to my decision to go to Wolfsburg now,” Weghorst told ELF Voetbal.
“I could have gone to a club in the Premier League this summer but, when I thought about it, it did not seem sensible to me.
“I think that in England you will have less time to develop yourself. You have to stand out immediately and if that does not happen you will be put aside again.”
It is impossible not to be reminded of Janssen.
Weghorst will now need to prove himself in Germany if he is to catch the eye of Jurgen Klopp and make that dream move to Anfield.
The former Heracles forward has one goal in five Bundesliga games so far and his physical, rugged style means he is more Christian Benteke than Roberto Firmino.
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