By Dominic Toner
Danny Higginbotham believes that Tottenham forward Vincent Janssen can overcome his goal drought and claimed that even Premier League legend Kevin Philipps had poor patches in front of goal.
Ex-Sunderland striker Phillips is remembered as one of the most natural finishers during the Premier League era and scored 92 goals in 263 top-flight appearances.
Spurs’ attacker Janssen has been on the fringes of the Spurs squad this season following his summer arrival from AZ Alkmaar.
The 22-year-old has managed just five goals in 30 appearances for the north London club and the first four came from the penalty spot, before he scored from open play against Millwall in the FA Cup.
Spurs were dealt a major blow in the Millwall victory as talisman Harry Kane was forced off with an ankle injury.
Mauricio Pochettino will now have to turn to either Heung-Min Son or Janssen to replace him, starting with Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Sky Sports pundit Higginbotham delivered the unexpected verdict that Janssen can be the answers to Spurs’ forward dilemma if he can regain some confidence.
“Some centre-forwards are there simply to score, others to link play. Jansen, you feel, needs goals before his confidence goes,” Higginbotham wrote in the Sun. “I played with loads of different strikers and they all, at one time or another, had a spell of not scoring.
“Even goal-machines like Kevin Phillips who I played with at Southampton. But they had a bank of goals in the top-flight to remember to boost their confidence — to remind themselves they could do it.”
He added: “Jansen doesn’t have that yet. If he can remedy that over the coming weeks Spurs’ Kane pain will be somewhat eased.”
Janssen will hope to get the opportunity to make an impact during Kane’s absence and play a role in their pursuit of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
The Holland international proved last season in his homeland that can be prolific in front of goal, scoring 32 goals in just 49 appearances.
He has found it difficult since his move to English football, but now is likely to get more opportunities to mark a mark in the first team.
Janssen has completed 90 minutes in just three Premier League games so far and the £17million signing will need to step up if he is to have a future at White Hart Lane.
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