By Dominic Toner
Alan Shearer has stated that Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen is not enough and that Heung-Min Son is a much better option.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has a striker dilemma to contend with during the next few weeks as talisman Harry Kane recovers from an ankle injury.
The manager turned to attacker Son to lead the line on Sunday during Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Southampton, which strengthened their grip on second in the Premier League table.
Janssen had to make do with another late cameo appearance off the bench and the first teamer has struggled to force his way into the starting line-up this season.
The 22-year-old has completed 90 minutes in just four of his 31 appearances this campaign across all competitions.
Ex-England striker Shearer insists that Janssen is not good enough to spearhead the Spurs attack.
“Without Kane, Tottenham can turn to either Vincent Janssen or Son Heung-min to lead their attack,” Shearer told BBC Sport. “I don’t think Janssen is good enough, and they look a better team with Son leading the line.”
Janssen has endured a difficult spell following his summer arrival from AZ Alkmaar and has been unable to provide competition for first-choice striker Kane.
The Holland international was expected to make a big impact in the Premier League after impressing in his homeland.
He scored 32 goals in 49 appearances last season for Dutch top-flight side AZ and was being tipped to be a success at White Hart Lane.
The youngster certainly still has time on his side as he tries to force his way into Pochettino’s plans and recently scored his first goal from open play for Spurs.
Janssen has managed five goals this season for the Londoners, with the first four coming from the penalty spot.
He may now be presented with the opportunity to make a greater impact, but Shearer has completely written off the ability of the forward.
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