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TV pundit: Vincent Janssen does not belong in Premier League

By Emma Sanders

Former Republic of Ireland striker turned pundit Tony Cascarino claims Vincent Janssen is not good enough to play for Tottenham and should be in the Championship.

The summer signing scored from the penalty spot in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Saturday, and it was his second goal in as many games.

However, Janssen has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League since joining from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and has suffered criticism.

“Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen is better suited to the Championship. He leads the line well, but is not quick enough,” Cascarino told The Times, as reported by the Evening Standard.

“Janssen has a similar style to Glenn Murray, who scored a hat-trick for Brighton on Saturday. Leicester had Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, who stretch defences and create room for others, but Janssen can’t do that.”

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Janssen is yet to score from open play, netting three penalties in 15 appearances in all competitions since joining Spurs.

His goal against Leicester was his first in the Premier League since joining in the summer despite making 10 appearances.

The Dutchman cost Tottenham £17 million and the club hoped he’d be suitable back-up for Harry Kane but Son Heung-Min has proved to be more effective this season so far.

Son has scored four league goals this season but neither he nor Janssen have been a successful replacement for Kane, after the English international picked up serious ankle ligament damage in September.

In other Tottenham new, Spurs could make a return for Real Madrid play-maker in January.