Tottenham: Dier on Janssen; Stadium talks with sponsor; 'Glass Tunnel' scheme
Tottenham’s summer signing Vincent Janssen has endured plenty of scrutiny having scored only two goals since his arrival at White Hart Lane, but has received public backing from teammate Eric Dier. The Dutchman’s two goals have both been penalties in the EFL Cup, and despite plenty of endeavour in his performances he would have wanted a faster start.
Strikers rely a great deal of confidence to follow their instincts, and Janssen looks as if he is overthinking his game now. Tottenham are struggling for goals now, especially against deep lying defences, and could do with the former AZ Alkmaar striker finding his groove. Dier though, is confident Janssen will adapt to life in the Premier League:
“I can speak from experience, when you come from a different country – he’s come from Holland – it’s not easy,” said Dier after the defeat at Anfield. “People at home may not understand, but he’s come from a different country, a different culture. He moved here by himself. He’s got to get used to a whole new way of training, playing, a whole new way of life. These things take time. It’s only natural he will keep on improving.
“I don’t think he’s been bad. He has great qualities and he’s shown them again today. It’s more a case of the team being better in the final third than one player.”
It is very much the way of the modern footballing world to make snap judgements, and new arrivals can sometimes take time to adapt; Patrice Evra and Robert Pires two good examples. That said, it is hard to ignore the feeling that Janssen might have missed a big opportunity while Harry Kane was out with an ankle injury. Mauricio Pochettino has played Heung Min Son ahead of him in the centre forward role and the South Korean has excelled. With Kane back in the reckoning very soon, Janssen will have to be content with a place on the bench.
Elsewhere, reports emerged yesterday that Spurs are in talks with mini cab company Uber over naming rights to the new stadium. The reported £20 million deal would be a welcome source of income, and naming rights are something West Ham haven’t been able to take advantage of. Romantics would rather the stadium retained the name White Hart Lane or something similar; it is essentially in the same place after all. Moreover, Uber is a rather controversial company that has faced much bad press about the poor pay and conditions it’s drivers endure. Any Black Cab drivers among the Tottenham fanbase are unlikely to be too impressed either.
Finally, the new stadium could have a ‘glass tunnel’, to allow fans a behind the scenes view of pre-match preparations. Supporters will be able to pay for access to a glass-walled bar and restaurant which gives them a view of the players lining up in the tunnel before games. It is certainly a novel idea, and clubs are looking for ways to attract fans who don’t just want to take their seat and watch the game. They want fans who are going to spend money on merchandise and hospitality, and this scheme is clearly aimed at this market.
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