Collymore: This Tottenham first teamer is a passenger
By Derek Smithson
Stan Collymore has labelled Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen as a “passenger” and believes they can’t afford to carry him next season.
The 22-year-old endured a difficult first season in English football and was unable to recreate the goalscoring form that he demonstrated at former club AZ Alkmaar.
The Holland international scored just six goals in 38 appearances across all competitions, meaning he was outscored by teammates Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen.
He was purchased to provide competition for talisman Kane throughout the year, but he struggled for confidence and was often used as a substitute by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Collymore believes that Spurs can’t carry him next season and that he will need to raise his game significantly.
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“With so many [Spurs] players eight, nine, nine and a half out of 10 in their performances they can’t be carry passengers and for me Vincent Janssen is a passenger,” Collymore said, as quoted by Boyle Sport’s official Twitter account.
Spurs managed to secure a second-placed finish in the Premier League last season and there is a real belief that they are now one of the leading sides in English football.
However, they are still searching for their first piece of silverware since 2008 and will need a strong squad if they are to compete in both the Champions League and domestic competitions next year.
Janssen proved in the Dutch league that he can be prolific in front of goal, but now needs to replicate that sort of form in England.
Spurs fans were supportive of the attacker during his poor spell, but it’s unclear how much patience Pochettino will have with him.
In other Tottenham news, Adam Lallana has identified how the club’s 23-year-old can improve.