Alan Shearer: This Tottenham senior player is frightened
By Harry Sykes
Alan Shearer has claimed Vincent Janssen is having such a miserable time in front of goal because he is “frightened” of missing chances.
The Premier League’s record scorer gave his verdict on the Tottenham striker flop after he yet again failed to score from open play in Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa.
Janssen, 22, extended his sequence to 23 Spurs matches without scoring from open play, with his three Spurs goals to date coming from the penalty spot.
Shearer was unimpressed with the Holland international’s performance against Villa after he was recalled to the starting XI in place of the rested first choice Harry Kane.
“Vincent Janssen is making life far too easy for defenders,” said Newcastle and England legend Shearer on BBC 1’s live coverage of the Tottenham-Villa match, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “He keeps coming towards the ball instead of getting into the six-yard box where he could actually score goals.
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“He is taking the easy way out and he looks to me that he is frightened of missing chances.
“Unless he starts getting into the right areas, he is not going to score goals.”
Janssen joined Tottenham for £18million from AZ Alkmaar last summer after a prolific campaign in which he scored 27 goals in 34 league matches.
But the 10-times Holland international has failed to translate his Eredivisie form into the Premier League during an immensely frustrating half-season.
In 1,067 minutes of Tottenham action, spread across 10 starts from 23 matches, Janssen has failed to find the net from anywhere other than 12 yard spot-kicks.
Janssen was recalled to the Spurs starting line-up on Sunday as Mauricio Pochettino made nine changes to the side that beat Chelsea 2-0 in midweek, with only Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier retaining their places.
But the Dutchman failed to make a mark against the Championship’s 12-placed side and suffered the indignation of being replaced by Dele Alli at the hour-mark.
The match was goal-less when Janssen was withdrawn and the home side were immediately ignited by the presence of Alli, who scored twice against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Left-back Ben Davies gave Spurs the lead after 71 minutes, before Son Heung-Min secured the team’s passage into the FA Cup fourth round with a clinical finish.
In other Tottenham news, the club are close to sealing an attacking midfielder transfer.