In a withering assessment of the Tottenham striker, Pochettino said the 22-year-old needed to raise his game and perform better in training.
Jansen did not even make the bench for Spurs’ 1-0 Europa League defeat in Gent on Thursday. And the Argentine coach hinted he would only be a substitute despite him sending a weakened squad to face Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow in the FA Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino has issued a warning to Vincent Janssen to step up his performances
Vincent Janssen has struggled to live up to his price-tag since joining Tottenham last summer
“He was out of the squad for the Gent game – he needs to show more and we’ll see,” said Pochettino. “Maybe he will have the opportunity to be on the bench or play [from the start]. Today we cannot be sure if he will be in the squad, on the bench or start from the beginning.
“Performance is always about how the players show their quality, their belief on the training ground. When you select the starting XI and the bench, I try to be fair. It’s normal that maybe he needs to show more.”
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Signed from Dutch team Alkmaar in the summer, Janssen has not played 90 minutes since scoring his only league goal of the season – a penalty – in the 1-1 draw with Leicester on October 29.
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He is yet to score a goal on open play with all four strikes for Spurs coming from the spot.