He is off the pace - Sky Sports pundit delivers on Tottenham regular
By Will Butcher
Andy Walker claimed Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen was “off the pace” against Watford on Saturday.
Janssen, 22, has been a regular in the team during Harry Kane’s absence but his goal output has yet to come close to matching his £18million transfer fee or reputation in his native Holland.
He was guilty of missing an easy opportunity against Walter Mazzarri’s side at White Hart Lane that would have given Spurs the lead in their 4-0 triumph, instead striking the bar.
Former Celtic striker Walker claimed that if you are a striker for Tottenham, you must be scoring goals on a consistent basis but did claim that Janssen was unlucky against Watford.
“If you’re a striker at Tottenham, you need to score goals,” Walker told Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday morning.
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“He was a couple of inches off the pace on Saturday, and was unlucky not to score when he hit the bar. But if you’re playing for a big club like Spurs, you need to find the back of the net and it hasn’t happened for him yet.”
Janssen started against Watford as Kane recovers from an ankle injury, but was taken off after failing to make an impact, allowing Kane to make his first appearance since March 12.
Signed for £17million from AZ Alkmaar, Holland international Janssen has failed to replicate the kind of form in front of goal that saw him score 32 goals in all competitions last term.
However, this season Janssen has managed just five goals for Spurs despite making 34 appearances for the north London outfit.
Tottenham’s number nine could play in some capacity against Bournemouth on Saturday as Spurs look to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to four points.
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