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Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Middlesbrough

By Harvey Byrne

Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham’s upcoming clash against Middlesbrough is a great opportunity for new striker signing Vincent Janssen.

The 22-year-old bagged his first goal for the club in midweek against Gillingham after completing a £17million move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer.

However, Spurs suffered an injury to star forward Harry Kane against Sunderland last week and BBC pundit Lawrenson states that the upcoming match against Boro will be a great opportunity for the Netherlands international to fill Kane’s boots.

“Harry Kane’s injury is an obvious concern for Tottenham, especially because it is still unclear how severe it is,” wrote Lawrenson in his BBC prediction feature.

“But this is a great opportunity for Vincent Janssen, who they spent a lot of money on over the summer.

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“Janssen might have thought he would be sitting on the bench for a while, but after getting his first goal for Spurs against Gillingham, now he can show what he can do in the Premier League too.

“Middlesbrough have lost back-to-back league games and I wonder whether the momentum you bring up with you as a promoted club is just starting to run out.

“Sometimes that momentum makes up for a lack of quality and we will find out a lot about Boro in the next few weeks.”

Lawrenson predicted a 2-0 victory for Spurs, as they travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Aitor Karanka’s newly promoted side.

The north London club currently sit in third place in the Premier League with three wins and two draws from their opening five league fixtures.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are perched in 13th place after winning just one game and earning two draws to fall alongside two defeats.

The two sides last met in 2009, with Spurs running out comfortable 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and an Aaron Lennon double.

In other Tottenham news, Kyle Walker has shared his delight after agreeing a new contract extension at Spurs on Friday morning.