London - Vincent Janssen should not be judged on his lack of
goals since joining Spurs from Dutch side Alkmaar in the close season, said
club manager Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Dutch international, who joined on a four
year contract for a reported fee of 17 million ($22.3m, 20.1m euros), scored
only his second goal for the club in Tuesday's 2-1 EFL Cup defeat by Liverpool.
Both his goals have come in that competition and from the
"We are very happy with him," Pochettino told
"We need to understand he's 22 years old and coming
from the Netherlands. It's a different league. We always need to give time.
"One thing is clear, he's a player that works a lot, is
always involved and shows commitment in every game and every training session.
"That could only pay off to score goals in the
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Janssen, who in his sole season at Alkmaar scored 27 goals
to top the league scoring chart, has not been able to suggest yet that he can
pressure first choice striker Harry Kane, who is injured.
However, Janssen -- who will hope he ends up in the category
of Dutch league scorers succeeding in the Premier League like Ruud van
Nistelrooy than flops like Mateja Kezman at Chelsea -- said his confidence has
not dipped despite the lack of goals.
"As a striker you always want to score and when I saw
the referee gave a penalty I took the ball and put it in," he told Spurs
"For me it doesn't matter where I take the penalty.
"It's just a penalty and you have to score it, I have
enough confidence, it doesn't matter to me where it was or how long I haven't
"It was just a penalty, I wanted to score it and that's
what I did."For
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