It was the late show at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last night as Christian Eriksen grabbed the headlines with an 88th minute shot from distance against Brighton to grab all three points for his side.
However, what perhaps came as even more of a surprise to some was the introduction of a certain Vincent Janssen with ten minutes remaining.
The Dutch forward had been unused for 20 months before this point, suffering from injuries in this time, as well as having been frozen out of Pochettino’s squad.
Janssen was included in the updated squad list in January, and with injuries to Harry Kane and Erik Lamela in Spurs’ front line, Janssen has made the previous two benches.
He was an unused sub against Man City at the weekend, but came on to a rapturous roar from the Spurs faithful last night.
Pochettino claims that Janssen was needed at the time, and may be used again in the future, but are they just trying to put him in the shop window?
Poch said (Football London): “I think I told you and no one can be surprised. In January when we decided to involve him again in the squad again, he was a player that had the same possibility as the others. Today with a lot of problems with a lot of offensive player like Harry Kane or Lamela I think we needed Vincent. In the last few months he was injured, he has recovered from injury. And now he is like from January, he is part of the team. We are going to decide if he is available, sometimes to use, sometimes to not like another player.
“I don’t know why it is going to surprise people, what I told you four or five months ago, that is the reality that happened today. I am not a liar, I am not a person that needs to lie to you or my fans. He is part of the team and I am going to decide whether to use or not. But today we needed him and he was on the bench like he was against Manchester City. But he cannot be on the list in the Champions League.”
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