By Dominic Toner
Tony Cascarino believes that Vincent Janssen should have started for Tottenham on Tuesday night.
Spurs suffered a 2-1 away defeat against French side Monaco, meaning they were eliminated from the Champions League.
Harry Kane continued his impressive goal scoring form as he converted a penalty to cancel out a Djibril Sidibe header, but Thomas Lemar scored the winning goal for the hosts.
Janssen, 22, was introduced as a second-half substitute by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Former Republic of Ireland international Cascarino claims that Janssen should have started the match alongside Kane in attack.
“Monaco played a 4-4-2 system and I felt Tottenham should have matched that,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “Harry Kane, who has just returned from a long injury absence, had to run his socks off on his own for an hour before being joined up front by Vincent Janssen.
“The Dutchman would have taken much of the running burden off Kane had he started, but he would also have suited this match. He is no goalscorer but he can hold the ball up well, which is what you need away from home.”
Spurs must now avoid defeat in their final Champions League group game to secure a place in the Europa League and will be bitterly disappointed with their failure in the competition.
The north London club were beaten home and away by Monaco in the group stages, who have qualified as leaders to the knockout rounds.
Pochettino decided to use Janssen as an impact substitute on Tuesday night and he was unable to alter the scoreline.
The forward was dropped from the starting XI against Monaco after once again failing to score in the 3-2 victory over West Ham on Saturday.
He has endured a difficult start to White Hart Lane and netted just three goals in his opening 19 games for the club, with all of them coming from the penalty spot.
Cascarino feels that Janssen should have started against Monaco and shown off his ability to hold the ball up, something which has impressed the Spurs supporters.
England striker Kane has scored four goals in his last three games since his return from injury and Cascarino believes he could have benefited from Janssen’s presence.
Janssen will be hoping to regain his place in the starting line-up on Saturday as his side travel to the current Premier League leaders Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, Piers Morgan has mocked the club after their Champions League exit.