Eric Dier explains why Tottenham summer signing has struggled
By Harvey Byrne
Versatile ace Eric Dier has explained that Vincent Janssen has so far struggled at Tottenham due to the difficulty of switching countries.
The 22-year-old Holland international left his home country for north London in a £17million summer switch from AZ Alkmaar.
The forward was prolific in front of goal in the Eredivisie, but it has been a different story at Spurs with a return of just five goals and three assists from 30 appearances in all competitions this season.
However, Dier, who knows what it’s like to make the change from one country to another after moving from Sporting Lisborn to Tottenham himself in 2014 has shared that some may not know how difficult it is for Janssen.
“It is tough coming from a different country,” told Dier in relation to Janssen, as quoted by ESPN.
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“I don’t think people realise how tough it is. Especially if you look at where Vincent has come from in such a quick period of time — from where he was and where he is now.
“I think he is just adapting to everything. Everyone was obviously delighted he scored the goal, I’m really happy for him and hopefully he can score more now.”
Janssen received an extended run in the first team in his first few months at the club following Harry Kane’s injury.
The England international also departed the field at White Hart Lane on Sunday in the emphatic 6-0 victory over Millwall with what is expected to be a similar injury.
Hat-trick hero Son Heung-min is one possible replacement for Kane in the Tottenham team, but Janssen will be sure to be eyeing a place in the starting eleven with 11 matches of the season left.
In other Tottenham news, Rodney Marsh has delivered bad news to Spurs fans regarding Kane’s injury.