By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has explained that Vincent Janssen needs time before he starts scoring for the club, and compared him to goal machine Harry Kane.
The 22-year-old striker, who completed a move from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar in the summer, has made 12 appearances for the north London club, but has returned with just one goal during an EFL Cup clash against Gillingham.
He has been presented with an opportunity in the first team earlier than he had expected following an injury to star forward Kane, but many have been left unimpressed by his performances.
Pochettino explained that he would be happier if the Netherlands international scored more, but stated he still needs time to come good.
“I laugh because we need to give young players time,” Pochettino said in a pre-match press conference ahead of the match against Bournemouth on Saturday, as quoted by ESPN.
“He’s come from Holland and always those players from outside need time. He is a striker that brings different characteristics to the team but I am happy with his behaviour, professionalism, how he is playing.
“It is true we and he would be happier if he was scoring but it’s a normal process. He’s always focusing, trying to improve, work hard and that is the better way to start scoring. He only needs time. It always happens in football, there are a lot of examples in football.
“A similar period happened with Harry [Kane] and with Janssen it’s the same. He’s settled in the team. He is a very good professional, he works hard every day to try to score and fix it and play well. I am happy with him.
“Only it’s a natural process he needs to follow. But it’s not a problem. He is a good player. He was the top scorer in Holland and there are no doubts about his qualities.”
Tottenham remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after eight fixtures and sit in third place, a point behind league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.
They have drawn their last two fixtures in all competitions, including a 0-0 stalemate with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in midweek.
Fans will be keen for star Kane to return, but he is not ready for the clash against the Cherries and Pochettino now has a decision whether to start Janssen or Son Heung-min upfront.
In other Tottenham team news, Kane has returned to training at Tottenham as he steps up his comeback from injury.