By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Terry Gibson believes current Tottenham flop Vincent Janssen has the attributes to help him succeed in north London.
The 22-year-old forward made the switch to Spurs in the summer for a pricey £17million after starring in Holland for Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.
The striker finished the previous campaign with a stunning 32 strikes in 49 appearances in all competitions, but so far with Tottenham he has scored just four goals in 26 encounters with all coming from the penalty spot.
However, former Spurs striker Gibson has shared that Janssen possesses the aggression, directness, physicality and confidence to become a valued member within the Tottenham side.
“The chances just haven’t come his way in open play so far, but they will,” told Gibson to Saturday’s matchday programme, as quoted by Football.London.
“He just has to be persistent and stick to the basic principles of being a striker, in terms of getting himself into the right positions as much as possible. That’s the secret.
“As a striker, I went through patches where I couldn’t find the back of the net too regularly and more often that not it was because chances weren’t forthcoming.
“I just hope that he sticks to what he does best with the attributes that we know he has – his aggression, the fact that he’s a direct player and his physical strength – and doesn’t lose confidence.
“The team at Tottenham will provide him with chances and then once he takes some of them I think he’ll show how valuable a member of the squad he is, not just as a back-up to Harry Kane, but maybe as an option to play alongside him as well.”
Tottenham are currently blessed with star man Harry Kane for the forward role who has 80 strikes in 149 matches for the club in total.
However, the Spurs team saw three of their eight draws in the league come when he was injured earlier in the season while also being knocked out of the Champions League.
Many associated with the club are hoping that Janssen can come good at his young age, but there is a long history of players failing to adapt to the Premier League from Holland, which doesn’t look favourable on the forward.
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