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Ledley King: This Tottenham pair can benefit from Kane absence

By Dominic Toner

Ledley King believes that Vincent Janssen will link up well with team-mates Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

The Dutch forward is expected to lead the Tottenham attack for the foreseeable future, with the club’s talisman Harry Kane sidelined with the ankle injury he sustained against Sunderland last weekend.

Janssen, 22, scored his first goal for Spurs in the 5-0 win over Gillingham mid-week and is expected to start in the Premier League match against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Ex-Spurs defender King believes that Janssen will be able to hold up the ball and link up play with the club’s midfielders.

“We’ve bought in Janssen at the moment and this is what we’ve bought him in for, the times when Harry picks up a knock,” King told’s Football Friday Live podcast. “He’s a different player to Harry, he’s more physical, more of a target man, and a very good striker of the ball, his left foot is strong.

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“It could help player’s in the team like Dele, playing off him and running behind him, Eriksen playing behind him, being able to bring other players into play he is very good at that with his back to goal. It will be different to Harry but he is obviously a goal scorer and scored many goals in Holland.”

Janssen offers a more physical threat than Kane in attack and manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope that he follows up his goal against Gillingham with another.

The striker has made a promising start to his Spurs career but will need to start delivering the form he showed last season.

He netted 32 times in just 49 appearances for former club AZ Alkmaar but is yet to recreate that form in the English league.

Spurs will hope to continue their unbeaten start in the league, which has seen them pick up 11 points from their opening five games.

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