By David Woods

19th Oct, 2016 | 5:58pm

Tony Cascarino verdict on Janssen performance v Leverkusen, Pochettino mistake

By Tony Hughes

Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has claimed that Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen delivered a solid performance in their 0-0 draw in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen.

Talking in The Times, Cascarino said that both Janssen and Son have stepped up in the absence of Harry Kane.

“Tottenham have come a long way since Dortmund dismantled them in the Europa League last season,” Cascarino said.

“The players are learning quickly and they showed they are a really strong team.

‘Much was made of their reliance on Harry Kane, but Son Heung Min has played to good effect while last night Vincent Janssen again proved that he can lead the line, hold the ball up and feed his team-mates.”

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And Cascarino singled out the 22-year-old new signing Janssen for praise.

“I felt Mauricio Pochettino was wrong to take off Vincent Janssen early in the second half because it helped the home team to maintain the momentum they had been building.

“Tottenham needed a forward who could retain the ball and bring his colleagues into play. If you don’t have that it leaves players backpedalling and not being brave with their runs.”

The draw leaves Tottenham in second place in Group E of the Champions League after three games.

They have four points and are ahead of Leverkusen with three points and behind Monaco who have four after drawing with CSKA Moscow.

Janssen, who signed for Tottenham from AZ Alkmaar in the summer for £19million, has made 12 appearances in all competitions for the north London club but has only scored one goal, in the 5-0 win against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.

In other Tottenham news, Owen Hargreaves has said he would rather join Spurs than Manchester United or Liverpool if he was a young player.