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Thursday, 28 July 2016

How would Janssen have fared with Lamela instead of Carroll


We got our first look at Vincent Janssen, our new Dutch striker against Juventus, however, there was a lack of service in the first half from Spurs makeshift team and so assessing him on that performance isn't easy.

There were one or two nice crisp passes but he was working with Tom Carroll who looks as though he is never going to progress. When Lamela came on we were a different side and Josh Onomah was making things happen.

I'd like to see him with those two in the second game and players who can thread a pass. It was all rather reminiscent of Roberto Soldado, another striker we didn't give service to initially. Carroll tried to pick him out when he should have shot himself and his curling cross didn't beat the first defender. You'd think the outcome would have been different with Lamela in those situations.

Pochettino will want to see him with Lamela and Eriksen in the next game I would have thought, so taking into account fatigue, you would expect them to all start. He sees it in training but may will have to use them together in the not too distant future so taking an early opportunity to get them acquainted together in match conditions would provide another valuable element from the trip.

Mauricio Pochettino took the positives from the game, as any manager should and there were plenty, not least the experience for the youngsters and a lesson of how far they still have to go.

“The first half was difficult for Vincent because Juventus player counter-attack and we made some mistakes and it was difficult to bring the ball into the last third where he is very active. 
“Vincent worked very hard for the team. In the second half he linked better with his team mates but he was tired and we need to care for him because he needs to adapt to our philosophy but I am very happy.”


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