Money down the drain: Alan Shearer delivers scathing verdict of Tottenham pair
By Dominic Toner
Alan Shearer has described Tottenham pair Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen as money down the drain after poor first seasons at White Hart Lane.
Spurs completed a £30million move for Moussa Sissoko on deadline-day last summer, but he has struggled to settle.
The 27-year-old midfielder is yet to score in any of his 27 appearances and has been mainly used as a substitute by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Meanwhile, striker Vincent Janssen has not fared much better since his £17million switch from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.
He has been unable to provide any serious competition for Harry Kane in attack and scored just five goals in 32 appearances, with four of them coming from the penalty spot.
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Shearer feels that the two first teamers have been a waste of money after disappointing this campaign.
“Nearly £50million went down the drain last summer on Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen, who have been well short of the standard expected,” Shearer wrote in his column for the Sun.
Spurs have continued to be a top-four side this season despite a difficult transfer window and are seven points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Pochettino was keen to build on his squad after a third-placed finish last season as he looks to turn the north London club into one of England’s elite clubs.
Sissoko was purchased after a strong showing at Euro 2016 with France, but has found himself way down the pecking order of Spurs’ midfielders.
The versatile player can’t dislodge the likes of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele from the central midfield area, while he has been unable to force a starting role in the wide positions.
Janssen has also struggled to make the desired impact and has been unable to recapture the goal scoring form he showed in Holland.
Instead, he has been unable to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and Pochettino has quite often preferred attacker Heung-Min Son over him.
In other Tottenham news, Dembele believes his teammate makes it look so easy switching positions.