Dublin: This is why Janssen has flopped at Tottenham
By Matt Farr
Dion Dublin believes Vincent Janssen has struggled at Tottenham duo to a lack of regular opportunities.
Janssen, 22, has fallen miserably short of expectation following his £17million move to Tottenham last summer, and has scored just one Premier League goal.
The Dutchman was tasked with providing sufficient and reliable cover for the club’s leading hitman Harry Kane, but even with the England star sidelined in recent weeks, Janssen still failed to hit the back of the net.
He has scored five goals from 34 appearances in all competitions this season, but has been handed just 10 starts, and that’s where Dublin believes the problems lie.
Speaking to the Daily Star, the former striker insisted that Janssen has to be given a run in the first team at Tottenham, which would allow him to regain confidence, and therefore his goalscoring touch.
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He said: “Confidence is key. Some of these players find it difficult to hit that purple patch. That patch where whatever you hit goes in.
“He’s a centre forward. And I believe that when you’re a centre forward, you need game, after game, after game in order to be given a proper opportunity to score goals.
“I’m not sure that Vincent Janssen’s had 10 or 15 games in a row in the Premier League to judge him on.”
Janssen netted his first and only Premier League goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Leicester on October 29, his 10th league appearance.
But he has failed to score a goal in any of his 13 league appearances since, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly considering cashing-in on his big-money flop this summer.
However, despite not hitting the back of the net, Janssen has put in some encouraging displays in recent weeks, which could earn him right to remain at the club beyond the current season.
He played a particularly important role off the bench in Tottenham’s dramatic late comeback victory over Swansea earlier this month, proving influential in the final third as Spurs scored three goals in six minutes.
In other Tottenham news, two Spurs stars have been shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.