THE CURSE OF NUMBER NINE AT WHITE HART LANE

With star striker Harry Kane being ruled out for a reported two months, Tottenham Hotspur are left with South Korean attacker, Heung-Min Son and misfit Vincent Janssen available to start up top.

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Heung-Min Son and Vincent Janssen.

Manager, Mauricio Pochettino has regularly played with one main striker throughout the season meaning that only one of the pair will start with the current chosen formation.

Having previously picked Son ahead of Dutch international Janssen, when will Spurs’ number nine get a starting opportunity in the league?

Janssen has a great opportunity at hand to salvage his first season in a Spurs shirt with Kane out injured, if given the chance.

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Heung-Min Son celebrates with Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur.

The 22-year-old signed for The Lilywhites last summer for a fee of £17 million after a magnificent spell in Holland with Almere City and AZ Alkmaar.

With an impressive scoring record at his previous two clubs, Janssen seemed like the perfect signing for Spurs at the time but the striker is yet to deliver having only scored one Premier League goal, from the penalty spot.

Janssen’s first goal from open play for the North London side came against Millwall in the FA Cup Quarter Final last month where Spurs went on to win 6-0.

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Vincent Janssen scores a penalty for Spurs.

This is something Spurs fans are too used to in recent years as a similar situation surrounded Spanish striker, Roberto Soldado who signed for The Lilywhites in £26 million in August 2013.

Soldado, who also wore number nine for Spurs as Janssen does now, only scored seven Premier League goals during the two seasons he spent at White Hart Lane.

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Roberto Soldado (Right) didn’t live up to his price tag.

Does this mean that the number nine shirt is now cursed for Spurs, or will Janssen turn his season around if given a starting opportunity ahead of Son?

A starting position should be made available for the Dutch striker as Pochettino has rarely given him enough match time to make an impact.

Janssen hasn’t played more than 13 minutes for Spurs in his last eight league appearances, with the longest period of game time from the eight coming against Watford on New Year’s Day.

The last time the former Feyenoord youngster played 90 minutes of Premier League football was against Leicester in October 2016, where he also scored from the penalty spot.

With a contract until 2020, Janssen still has time to settle into life in England but the pressure is still on for him to perform if he wants to remain in the first team picture at White Hart Lane.

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Vincent Janssen

 

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