‘Better than Llorente’ – Ex-Netherlands manager slams Tottenham for treatment of striker

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were left with just the one senior available forward against Fulham at the weekend as they struggled to scrape a late 2-1 win in the Premier League.

Harry Kane was out with an ankle injury, while Lucas Moura was also struggling with a problem of his own, and Heung Min Son currentlyy away at the Asian Cup.

Spurs therefore lumped for Fernando Llorente up front, a replacement who only managed to turn the ball into his own net.

Pochettino eventually had to rely on Harry Winks, the deep-lying midfielder to come up with the match-winning goods in the 93rd minute.

However, Tottenham do actually have another striker in their ranks, a player who has been scoring goals too.

Vincent Janssen recently returned from a foot injury and has been playing in the under 23 side ever since and already has two goals to his name.

However, it remains clear that Janssen is out of Pochettino’s plans, something that ex-Netherlands manager Dick Advocaat has slammed.

He told Voetbal International: “Vincent, in my eyes, is a complete striker. He scores easily, sees the game well, he is strong and fast. I really wonder what Tottenham thought when they bought him. You pay a fortune for a new striker, you barely give him the chance and you want to get rid of him after a year. I do not get it.

“If you then see the Spaniard who they bought later – Vincent has a lot more quality than Fernando Llorente.”

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  1. Wasn’t Janssen given a fairly decent run in the Spurs first team early on? He didn’t particularly shine did he. As a result he was benched eventually Spurs loaned him out to Turkish side Fenerbahçe to get first team football and gain more confidence but again he didn’t really shine there either and picked up an injury to his foot and perhaps took him longer to recover than it should have. Obviously Spurs saw something in him initially but Pochettino clearly doesn’t think that he’s up to it, these things happen at every club, not just Spurs and fans are either for or against. In his prime, Llorente was a tremendous player but it’s not easy getting game time when you’ve got Harry Kane in front of you.
    Dick Advocaat can jump to the defence of his compatriot if he wants to, entirely understandable but I bet he didn’t play certain players he felt weren’t good enough for the first team during his time in management both domestic and International levels.
    I do feel sorry for Vincent Janssen but top clubs in any country are cut throat and if you don’t shape up, you are generally shipped out.


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