By Amir Mir
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said new signing Vincent Janssen will need time to adapt after a difficult game against Juventus on Tuesday morning.
A youthful looking Spurs side lost 2-1 to the Italian giants, with Janssen failing to get into the game as he comes to terms with his manager’s playing style.
After his opening goal for the club against Championship side Rotherham last Thursday, Janssen failed to live up to his previous performance.
Pochettino pin-pointed the reason for the Dutchman’s struggles, but insisted his hard work and adaptability will help the striker in the long run.
“The first half was difficult for Vincent because Juventus play counter-attack and we made some mistakes and it was difficult to bring the ball into the last third where he is very active,” said Pochettino as quoted by the Mirror.
“Vincent worked very hard for the team. In the second half he linked better with his team-mates but he was tired and we need to care for him because he needs to adapt to our philosophy, but I am very happy.
The 22-year-old made a £18.8million switch from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar earlier this month on the back of his 27-goal 2015-16 Eredivisie campaign.
Spurs manager Pochettino will dwell on the positives though, as he now has the golden boot winners of the 2015-16 Premier League and Eredivisie season at his disposal, as the north London club head into a difficult Premier League season.
The Londoners begin their campaign away at Everton on 13 August as they look forward to a return to Champions League football.
In other Tottenham team news, Janssen is prepared to battle with team-mate for first-team spot.