It seems to be the “in thing” to slag off Vincent Janssen right now. After our last game against Aston Villa he had a trio of strikers criticising him and his display. He didn’t finish the match and it was only after he went off that we managed to get the breakthrough and then go on to win the game.
But should we be willing to write him off so early?
This is a young player who is only playing his second season of top flight football, he’s worked his way up since his release from Feyenoord and showed a lot of tenacity to get himself back up to the top end of the game.
He experienced a slow start at AZ Alkmaar as well after his move from Almere. He failed to score in his first 8 matches after that move but finished the season with 27 goals in total.
The thing he got there that he may not get with Spurs is time, time on the pitch and time at the club. We’re operating at a different level than AZ and our aims are a bit higher. Harry Kane (congrats on the birth of your daughter by the way) can’t do everything on his own and although he’s only really come back from injury we would be in real trouble if he got crocked again.
Kane needs support, he can’t do it all on his own but, Janssen also needs our support and the support of the players at the club. It was no surprise that we were improved when Jannsen went off yesterday, one of the leagues best attacking midfielders came on and immediately started to make things tick. Do we really think Janssen couldn’t have benefited from Dele Alli playing up with him?
Janssen is struggling right now but this is a player that scored 27 goals in an unfashionable side last season. The winner of last seasons Johan Cruyff award and the first choice striker for the Netherlands.
Yes it’s easy to be swayed by video compilations like this one:
YouTube: Vincent Janssen ►All Goals ● 15-16 ● AZ Alkmaar ● ᴴᴰ
but this is the same guy that scared the crap out of a fairly decent England backline last season and one who has looked useful at times even if he hasn’t been scoring.
This is still a young player but if our manager isn’t going to give him time on the pitch with our best players, the ones more likely to create chances for him, then he’s going to continue to struggle.
The jury is still out on Vincent Janssen but I feel he deserves more time to show us what he can do and I hope he gets his mojo back because we could really do with another striking option.