By Dominic Toner
Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen believes it was good for him to get some more minutes in the win against Southampton on Sunday.
The 22-year-old has been on the fringes of the Spurs squad this season and has been unable to impress during his first taste of English football.
He came on in the 86th minute at the weekend to help the north London club see out a 2-1 victory against the Saints.
Mauricio Pochettino decided to start Heung-Min Son in attack in the absence of the injured Kane, but did give Janssen a late cameo role.
Janssen explained he did his best to impact the result during his short spell on the pitch and was glad to be involved.
“When I came on I tried to keep the ball and tried to maybe score a goal,” Janssen said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “I tried, the goal didn’t happen but I think it was good to get some minutes.”
Janssen was expected to be a regular for Spurs this season after impressing for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar last season.
The Holland international managed 32 goals last campaign across all competitions, but has found it a lot more difficult in England.
He has made 31 appearances for Pochettino’s side this season, but has completed 90 minutes on just four occasions and has had to make do with mostly substitute roles.
Janssen was given a recent boost by scoring his first goal from open play against Millwall in the FA Cup and Kane’s injury should give him a better chance to fight for a starting role.
The striker continues to remain positive about his role for the first-team, but will be desperate to make a greater impact during the rest of the season.
In other Tottenham news, Dermot Gallagher has delivered his verdict on two penalty calls against Southampton.