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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Janssen improvement needed


There have been plenty of reports that French Ligue 1 side Marseille have been interested in signing 23-year-old (24 next June) Dutch striker Vincent Janssen, after confirming the signing of 23-year-old (24 later this month) Clinton N'jie.

We have heard recently that Mauricio Pochettino does not want to sell Janssen. He is a player who has looked good in a lower league and scores on the international arena, so must have some ability, even if many feel he doesn't or is't quick enough. Kane isn't quick and he is regarded as one of the best strikers in Europe.

To being in another striker they would have to play second fiddle to Kane, few are going to want to do that so a secondary striker who can play in the three behind a lone striker seems a more logical purchase at the moment.

Both Roberto Soldado and Vincent Jansen have struggled with the lone role. Soldado was excellent out wide and was probably the best crosser of a ball at the club at the time. Janssen is excellent at holding up the ball with his back to goal and bringing others into play, but it is goals a striker is judged upon. can he adapt his game to face th goal and get strikes away, can he create the space for teammates to pick him out.

Do his teammates have enough confidence in him to play him the ball more often and look for him in the box? Soldado, to a degree suffered from a lack of service and Janssen has the same problem. His teammates will only have the confidence in him in he starts scoring regularly but he needs teammates to create him the chances. It is rather a double edged sword.

Spurs fans were behind Soldado and were willing him to score. By and large they are behind Janssen too. Let's hope the investment in him starts t pay off, it is unlikely to if all he gets is 5 or 10 minutes at the end of a game.

If Diego Simeone arrived then Janssen might be allowed to leave I would suggest, but I'm not sure we would have all three at the club, so if we have turned down the advances of Marseille, they could be back for him later.

harry Kane can't play every game, so how do you plan your season. Does Kane play in the Premier League while we target making the UEFA Champions League again next season or do we play stronger sides in the competition and weaken our Premier League side?

If Janssen were firing then their wouldn't be such a dilemma so his improvement is imperative and Pochettino will know if we can expect more.

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  1. Time to move on not up to the standard required

  2. I'm glad you praised Soldier's technique Clive...I can still remember his cross from the left touchline to Adebayor to score (header?)...anybody got a link for that please?



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