By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has stated that summer flop Vincent Janssen has to up his game to be considered for the first-team.
The 22-year-old has struggled to find his feet in the Premier League since arriving at White Hart Lane for £17million in the summer, and has scored just four goals from 27 appearances in all competitions.
Pochettino has already shown considerable patience in the Dutch striker to make an impact in north London, but it appears to be running out.
The Tottenham chief has now challenged the misfit to improve his game and perform better in training, if he is stand any chance to playing regular first-team football at the club.
He told the Daily Star: “He was out of the squad for the Gent game – he needs to show more and we’ll see.
“Performance is always about how the players show their quality, their belief on the training ground. When you select the starting XI and the bench, I try to be fair.
“It’s normal that maybe he needs to show more.”
All four of Janssen’s goals for Tottenham this season have come from the penalty spot, meaning he is yet to find the back of the net from open play.
The Spurs boss is expected to make wholesale changes to his side for their upcoming FA Cup clash with Fulham on Sunday, with next week’s Europa League second-leg meeting with KAA Gent the top priority.
However, Janssen is not expected to land a starting role at Craven Cottage, which raises further doubts over his long-term future at the club.
The Holland international was linked with a move away from the club last month, but Pochettino refused to let him leave. But unless Janssen improves his game, Pochettino could look to cash-in on him in the summer.
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