Vertonghen delivers verdict on Janssen performance for Tottenham in win v Swansea
By Danny Wright
Jan Vertonghen has hailed the impact that Vincent Janssen made when he came off the bench in Tottenham’s dramatic win against Swansea on Wednesday.
Spurs were trailing for over 80 minutes until Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen scored a late flurry of goals to snatch all three points.
Janssen replaced Moussa Sissoko in the 61st minute and helped his side keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea with the win.
Vertonghen, who has developed into a senior figure in the Tottenham team since joining from Ajax in 2012, used the under-fire striker as an example as one of the best performers who had to come into the team following a spate of injuries to key players.
“At Swansea, we were without maybe five players [Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela] who would normally play,” said the 29-year-old, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
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“It was unbelievable how the other guys were able to fit in. Vincent Janssen, for example, came off the bench and made a difference. We have a strong squad who can beat anyone in the Premier League.”
Janssen has not been enjoying the best debut season at White Hart Lane and received a lot of criticism for his performances.
He has scored just one Premier League goal since his summer switch from AZ Alkmaar but has fared better in cup competitions with four goals and two assists.
Spurs fans waxed lyrical about the striker’s performance and voted him their man of the match after the win at the Liberty Stadium, in which he provided the assist to Son’s match-winning goal.
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