The loss of Harry Kane for up to two months with a hamstring injury is a real blow to Tottenham Hotspur, but new signing Vincent Janssen has backed himself to fill the void. The Dutch forward joined Tottenham in an £18.5 million move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer to add greater squad depth and to supplement Kane. However, one man’s pain is another man’s opportunity in football and the 22-year-old now has a real opportunity to prove his worth at White Hart Lane. Spurs have scored just five goals in their last five league game at the Lane, so need to start hitting their straps soon. Janssen said:
“I am ready to play. I feel bad for Harry but if he is fit I want to play with him.
“He is a very good player. We played some games together and it went very well.
“He has a lot of qualities – he is one of the best strikers in the world so it is nice to play together with him.
“I can learn a lot from him but at the end I want to play a lot with him. It is nice that he is here.”
Janssen will be aided by the return of Moussa Dembele in central midfield, who keeps things ticking and gives Spurs greater control of games. When a side controls the game, they typically create good quality chances and the Dutchman should benefit. It will be intriguing to see if he strikes up a partnership with Dele Alli, whose relationship with Kane has been an integral part of Spurs’ success. The Dutch are brought up playing 4-3-3, so playing as a lone striker shouldn’t be too much of an issue for him. This is important because it is a special role in the team and one that is difficult to fulfil.
Elsewhere, Kyle Walker is latest player to sign a new contract and Spurs as the constant supply of good news continues to be drip fed to the media. Walker has signed a five-year extension at White Hart Lane. Alli, Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all signed new deals recently in a real statement of intent from the club. Wednesday’s 5-0 win the EFL Cup demonstrated that Spurs have a promising crop of youngsters, and are keen to tie down their key assets ahead of the stadium move. Their north London neighbours Arsenal are proof that the transition can be difficult, with restricted budgets, so Spurs keeping hold of their best players is pivotal.
Finally, according to the Evening Standard Spurs have agreed a partnership with Qatar-based organisation, Aspetar, described as one of the world’s leading specialised sports science hospitals. The club have been in talks with the Qatari Investment Authority over the naming rights for their new stadium so this deal may relate to those negotiations. PSG already have a deal with this medical centre, said to specialise in athlete rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery.
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