Pochettino: Massive pressure on Tottenham star to emulate Kane
By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that there is “massive pressure” on Vincent Janssen to start scoring in the absence of Harry Kane.
The Holland international has struggled for goals this season following his summer move to north London, scoring just two EFL Cup penalties in 14 league and cup appearances.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash against Leicester, Pochettino revealed that Janssen is under pressure but has been happy with the forward’s contribution so far.
“It’s true that the pressure today because of Harry’s injury is massive,” Pochettino told ESPN. “But he is calm, we are calm. We don’t add more pressure on him.
“He will score, from open play it’s difficult but he’s scored two penalties, and the penalty against Liverpool will be good for him to build his confidence.”
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Fans and pundits alike are becoming disillusioned with the summer signing, as they wait for him to produce the goalscoring feats that Kane has provided in recent seasons.
A £17million summer signing from AZ Alkmaar, Janssen broke onto the European scene with 30 goals for club and country last term. The forward even found the net against England, as the Dutch beat Roy Hodgson’s side 2-1 at Wembley.
Tottenham are now set to play host to Claudio Ranieri’s side on Saturday with Janssen expected to lead the line for the north London outfit.
Three points against the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel could see Spurs finish the weekend at the top of the Premier League, if Arsenal and Manchester City drop points.
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