By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that forward Vincent Janssen is yet to settle at Tottenham.
The 22-year-old scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Leicester, after confidently finishing a penalty he won for his side.
The Dutch international has endured a difficult start since arriving at White Hart Lane and manager Mauricio Pochettino has been reliant on the summer acquisition.
Spurs’ first-choice striker Harry Kane has been absent through injury and Janssen has struggled for goals as his replacement.
Redknapp believes that Janssen is still adjusting to English football and even stated that Premier League great Dennis Bergkamp made a slow start after moving from Holland.
“Vincent Janssen is still finding his feet and doesn’t have the killer instinct that Kane possesses in the penalty area,” Redknapp wrote in the Mail. “You get far fewer opportunities in England than in Holland and Janssen needs to improve his sharpness in and around the box.
“It can take time for strikers from the Dutch league to adapt to the Premier League – even the great Dennis Bergkamp took seven games to get his first Arsenal goal.”
Janssen moved from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the summer following an impressive season in front of goal, scoring 32 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions.
He has started slowly in Pochettino’s side with just three penalty goals coming from his first 15 fixtures across all competitions.
Spurs face two pivotal games in the next week and Janssen will hope to grab his first goal from open play, with the first match against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The north London club then travel to the Emirates for a highly anticipated clash with bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday.
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