Monday, 9 January 2017
Was the most significant moment of an uninspiring 2-0 win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup, when Mauricio Pochettino demonstrated he had perhaps lost faith with Vincent Janssen?
With the tie at 0-0 he took Janssen off, our lone striker, who, let's face it, didn't ever look like scoring. There were times when he was making the runs and the ball was simply not played through to him or the cross was played behind him. As a striker he was making runs into the six-yard box, but the ball kept being pulled back and he could be seen throwing his arms in frustration.
In the last game we were 4-0 up and he could have been given half an hour in that game but was given only fifteen minutes. Put the two together and it is a rather damning assessment of a player that looked as though he could make it at premier League level.
Now he looks out of his depth, fine with his back to goal, bit offering nothing facing it. Like Roberto Soldado, his confidence is shot to pieces, he is hiding and not getting any chances. There doesn't look to be much hope at the moment, but then a fluke goal and his confidence could start to return, football is a funny game.
Right now there are an awful lot of question marks against him. He cut a sorry figure trudging off the field.