By Joe Nelson
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has backed new signing Vincent Janssen to deliver the goals in the absence of Harry Kane.
Kane sustained ankle ligament damage in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland last weekend and is expected to be out for over two months.
Janssen, 22, is yet to score for Spurs, but Pochettino believes his £18million signing will thrive under the pressure of being the main goal-getter while Kane is out.
“It’s true it’s a big opportunity for Janssen to show what he can do and he has to be ready now Harry is injured,” Pochettino said, as quoted by The Sun.
“There is scope for him to play more from the start. Janssen is a good profile for us. He’s a fighter, the mentality is fantastic and fits very well with us in the team.
“He needs time to adapt his game to the team. Now I think he will have a big opportunity to show his real quality.”
The Argentine boss is set to make wholesale changes as his side prepare to face League One side Gillingham in the League Cup at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening and Janssen may well lead the line for Spurs.
“He has already shown the supporters he has a big passion to play,” Pochettino added, as quoted by the Sun. “They have been excited to see him on the pitch and the energy he brings.
“Strikers are always excited to play and sometimes feel the pressure — now he needs to be calm.”
Calmness might also be required from teenagers Marcus Edwards, 17, and promising defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, 18, who are both set for starts.
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