Gary Lineker destroys Tottenham 22-year-old after Aston Villa clash
By Harry Sykes
Gary Lineker mercilessly laid into Vincent Janssen following his latest Tottenham horror show.
The Match of the Day host described the misfiring striker in withering terms after he extended his miserable run in Spurs’ 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
“He is looking like a poor man’s Roberto Soldado,” said Lineker on BBC 1’s live coverage of the tie, as quoted by the match blog on the BBC Sport website (5.56pm).
The former Tottenham striker was referring to Villarreal striker Soldado, who had two miserable years at White Hart Lane from 2013 to 2015 when he failed to live up to his £26million price tag.
Like Soldado, Janssen also came at a big cost and with a reputation as a prolific scorer in his native Holland.
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But the 22-year-old international has failed to translate his Eredivisie form into the Premier League during an immensely frustrating half-season.
Janssen was recalled to the Tottenham starting line-up on Sunday as Mauricio Pochettino made nine changes to the side that beat Chelsea 2-0 in midweek.
But he lasted just 60 minutes of the clash against Championship outfit Villa before being replaced by man-of-the-moment Dele Alli.
The match was goal-less when Janssen was withdrawn and the home side were immediately ignited by the presence of Alli, who scored twice against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Left-back Ben Davies gave Spurs the lead 11 minutes later, before Son Heung-Min secured the team’s passage into the fourth round with a clinical finish.
Spurs fans were less than impressed by Janssen, who has yet to score from open play since his £18million transfer from AZ Alkmaar last summer.
In total, Janssen has made 10 Tottenham starts from 23 appearances but his goal return amounts to three strikes, all of which have come from the penalty spot.
In other Tottenham news, the club are close to sealing an attacking midfielder transfer.