Last-chance saloon for flop: Three things we learned about Tottenham in win v Aston Villa
By Harry Sykes
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Tottenham’s 2-0 win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round tie on Sunday.
Janssen in the last-chance saloon
How many more chances is Vincent Janssen going to get? He came into Spurs in bullish, confident mood, saying that he hadn’t signed to sit on the bench, but halfway through his first season and he still hasn’t scored from open play in 23 appearances. Three penalties won’t disguise the fact that Janssen has been poor for Spurs so far. He looks off the pace and uncomfortable in England, and is obviously short of confidence. He’s not getting himself in the right positions and he’s not getting great service from his teammates. He had one decent chance early in the second half but produced a weak shot straight at the keeper. It would be interesting to see what would happen if he scored a goal, but the way he’s going, that’s not going to happen. The fans obviously have faith in him, as does Pochettino, but for how much longer?
Spurs aren’t the same without Walker and Rose
Spurs enjoyed the performance of their season against Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday, but they were disappointing today. It showed how much the team miss not just midfield stars Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, but the width and creativity of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. Alli might be getting the headlines this season, but Walker and Rose are just as important in this Spurs side. If Tottenham do go on to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, these two will be the unsung heroes.
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What has Georges-Kevin N’Koudou done to Mauricio Pochettino?
This was the perfect opportunity to a start to a player who’s looked pretty exciting when he’s played for Spurs. He’s only started once in the EFL Cup, and has only played 36 minutes across five Premier League games. Why? When he’s been introduced he’s shown that he’s confident and has produced a few exciting moments that show he could bring something else to the table if he was developed as a Spurs player. Had an immediate impact when he came on, providing a good cross for Ben Davies to head home. Why you’d keep him on the bench in an FA Cup game where you’re resting your major stars is anyone’s guess. We can only imagine that there’s something else going on behind the scenes, or that Pochettino just doesn’t have any faith in the 21-year-old. Either way it’s a big shame.
In other Tottenham news, these two stars are next on the radar of the Chinese Super League in a potential mega-money offer.