Mauricio Pochettino suggests first-team football came too early for Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that Vincent Janssen wasn't ready for regular starts in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he thinks Vincent Janssen's extended run in the team may have come too early for him.

Janssen, 22, was snapped up from AZ Alkmaar over the summer, with Tottenham desperate to land striking support for star man Harry Kane – and having hit 31 goals in all competitions last season, Dutch international Janssen seemed like a promising signing.

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen in action with Watford's Younes KaboulTottenham's Vincent Janssen in action with Watford's Younes Kaboul

However, the former Feyenoord trainee has so far struggled to make an impact for Tottenham, having scored just once in the Premier League and three times in all competitions – all of which came from the penalty spot.

With no goal from open play in 23 appearances for Spurs, Janssen is currently looking like a flop, and certainly didn't impress when given an extended run in the team during Kane's six-week injury lay-off earlier this season.

Janssen hit a particular low last weekend as he again struggled and drew a blank against Championship side Aston Villa, and he was even substituted after 60 minutes with the score at 0-0; Spurs went on to win the game 2-0 without Janssen on the pitch.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Today, Spurs take on West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane, with Janssen unlikely to start having failed to take his chance against Villa last weekend, and manager Mauricio Pochettino has discussed his situation.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Pochettino suggested that Janssen needs time to adjust to a different league and a different country, whilst noting that the striker is still only a youngster.

Pochettino did thought hint that Janssen wasn't ready for regular first-team football when he was called upon during Kane's absence, claiming it 'came too early' for him.

“Maybe we expected him not to play too much,” said Pochettino. “When Harry was injured, Janssen was our main striker and played a lot. He is another young player who has come from a different country, a different league, and he needs to adapt his qualities to a new team and a new league.”

“Maybe his run in the team came too early. But it is part of the process. We need to help because he is a kid, still very young,” he added.

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