Tottenham senior ace shares how Janssen body language convinced him to make key decision
By Dominic Toner
Christian Eriksen has revealed that he let Vincent Janssen take the penalty in the EFL Cup win against Gillingham on Wednesday.
Tottenham cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory in the third-round and Eriksen allowed his team-mate to take the set-piece, despite the stand-in captain being on a hat-trick at that stage.
Janssen, 22, converted from the spot and scored his first goal for the club since his summer arrival.
Spurs midfielder Eriksen has explained that he let Janssen take the penalty as the striker needed the confidence of his first goal for the club.
“I did think about taking it but I think I saw on Vincent’s face and his body language that he really wanted it and you can feel for a striker,” he told the Mail. “And it is not as important for me with two or three goals. I was happy for him also and he did say thank you also, so it was a good one.
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“He had a lot of shots in the first half and I think normally he would score. I think if you give him a penalty there is no better chance for a striker to score an easy goal.”
Janssen is expected to lead the Spurs attack for the foreseeable future, with the club’s talisman Harry Kane sidelined with the ankle injury he sustained against Sunderland last weekend.
The forward moved to White Hart Lane from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the summer transfer window and was recruited to provide competition for Kane.
He is now set to lead the line in the Premier League and he will be searching for his first league goal against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Janssen has made a promising start to his Spurs career but will need to start delivering the form he showed last season.
The striker netted 32 times in just 49 appearances for AZ but is yet to recreate that form in the English league.
In other Tottenham team news, Paul Merson has predicted the outcome of the league fixture with Middlesbrough and delivered a huge praise to one side.