COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Vincent Janssen should remain out of Tottenham’s best possible starting line up.
The Dutch forward has struggled since his summer arrival and is yet to prove a consistent threat to top flight defences.
Janssen, 22, has made 10 appearances for Spurs this season and his only goal was a penalty against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
The striker was expected to lead the line in the absence of the injured Harry Kane but manager Mauricio Pochettino preferred attacker Heung-Min Son as the central figure in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Manchester City.
Janssen netted 32 times in just 49 appearances for his former club AZ Alkmaar but is finding it difficult in the English league.
With Spurs competing on European and domestic fronts this season, it should allow Janssen plenty of game time but he should be omitted from the best team.
Pochettino has built his side on high energy and his players are full of work rate all over the pitch.
Whilst Janssen is a very good hold up player, he seems to struggle with the physical demands of his Argentinian boss.
He has often been seen dropping deep in his first games for the club and struggles to match the fast counter attacking style.
In-form attacker Son is perfectly suited to Pochettino’s philosophy and has excelled at the beginning of the season, scoring five goals in just six appearances.
The club’s first-choice striker Kane is expected to return from injury after the international break and he is set to push Janssen even further down the pecking order.
Janssen is set to feature as a substitute for the upcoming Premier League games and may have to adapt his style to play more regularly.
In other Tottenham team news, the club’s fears were dampened after their senior star left training early on international duty.