22-year-old blew his chance: Three things we learned about Tottenham v Watford
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Football Insider analyses three of the main talking points from Tottenham’s impressive 4-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
22-year-old has blown his chance
With premier goalscorer Harry Kane returning to the matchday squad as a substitute, Vincent Janssen is sure to find his first team opportunities limited once again in the coming weeks. The Dutchman faced a key period while Kane was sidelined, and his performances as Tottenham’s new leading man could have resurrected his career. However, while there were glimpses of quality from the under-fire 22-year-old, the most glaring omission from his current arsenal is his finishing ability. For a goalscorer, that’s a worrying sign. His movement has been good, as has his hold up play, but his desire to shake off his flop tag cannot be fully achieved without netting the all-important goals. Kane is back, and Janssen will suffer. He may well have blown his chance.
Dier is wasted as a defender
The central midfield partnership between Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele this season has had a big impact on the role of Eric Dier this season, with the 23-year-old restricted to a cover role. His most regular action this term has come as a central defender, but Dier has shown time and time again his worth in the middle of the park. There is much more substance to Dier’s game in midfield, and his excellent showing against Watford will go a long way to convincing Mauricio Pochettino to re-consider the England star as a central-midfield option. He chips in with goals and is instrumental in breaking up play, and even when Wanyama is fit again, Pochettino must find away to keep Dier in his best role.
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Alli must win young player of the year
There have been very few young players in the Premier League in recent years that have had quite the impact that Dele Alli has had this season. The 20-year-old has continually drawn the plaudits for his attacking displays this season, having scored an incredible 19 goals in all competitions. From his last six Premier League appearances, Alli has hit the back of the net on five occasions, and has also supplied four assists. His remarkable form has kept Tottenham hot on the heels of league leaders Chelsea, but regardless of the end of season reward in the title race, Alli is a sure contender to win the Premier League’s young player of the year award. As long as Tottenham are fit and firing, Alli is only going to get better and better.
In other Tottenham news, Football Insider has rated the players during their Watford win.