By Harry Sykes
Dusan Tadic is convinced that Vincent Janssen will eventually be a success at Tottenham.
The Dutch striker has made no impact at White Hart Lane this season following his £18million transfer from AZ Alkmaar last summer and has been frozen out in recent months.
But Southampton playmaker Tadic, who faces Janssen’s Spurs side at White Hart Lane on Sunday, is in no doubt about the calibre of the Holland international.
Ex-FC Twente player Tadic, 28, knows Janssen’s game well from their days in the Dutch league and is not surprised that Tottenham paid such significant money to sign a player who was so prolific in the Eredivisie.
“He is a very good player but Tottenham are a very strong team, and there is also a lot of competition,” said Serbian Tadic, as quoted by the Mirror.
“At the beginning he started well, then he picked up an injury. After that it was difficult to come back.
“But it is important that players have qualities and he has qualities. He has to believe in himself and, in time, everything will come for him.
“Football is like that. You never know when things will change. So you can never give up. Sometimes you have tough moments, sometimes good moments, and this is normal in football.
“You need to push yourself and, in time, everything will come together at the right time.”
Janssen has scored five goals, only one of which was from open play, in 30 appearances for Tottenham, although only 10 of those have been as a member of the starting XI.
His only goal that was not a penalty came as he crowned a 6-0 FA Cup demolition of third-tier Millwall last weekend.
With Harry Kane sidelined with ankle ligament damage, Janssen will hope to be recalled to the Spurs team for their Premier League clash against Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.