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Pochettino defends decision to sell Vincent Janssen

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Vincent Janssen has left Tottenham after three years at the club and Mauricio Pochettino has responded to those who criticized him for the signing.

When Vincent Janssen was bought from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar three years ago, the Dutchman was expected to hit the ground running. However, the striker failed to make any sort of impact and managed just six goals in 42 games.

While he arrived to provide competition for Harry Kane, Vincent Janssen failed to produce the sort of form that saw him score 31 times for AZ the season before he signed for the Spurs.

And while he has been criticized for signing the Dutchman, Pochettino maintains that he isn’t the final decision maker at the club when it comes to signing players.

“When you said to me I was very successful with signings, it’s not true,” the Argentine said according to The Daily Star.

“The club always signs players, not Mauricio. Of course, in that structure, sometimes you have a more important part in [giving] your opinion to the club, sometimes no.

“Sometimes some players who sign are very successful, we share [the credit], and when they fail, we (the public) accuse the manager. I am responsible.”

Academy product, Troy Parrott is set to become Kane’s understudy now that Vincent Janssen has left for Mexican outfit Monterrey.

And Pochettino says that the youngster will be getting a good platform in the coming weeks.

“Today [Wednesday], yes [he could be part of the squad], tomorrow, I don’t know,” Pochettino teased.

“We’re working with the [young] players, trying to provide the best platform and possibility for them to perform and be comfortable with the first team.

“He’s still so young but we’ll see what happens at the end of the transfer window. If we have the squad that we have today, of course he’s going to have the possibility to be with the first team.”