Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Dutch striker Vincent Janssen is struggling to find form.

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The forward hasn’t been able to replicate his form from last season after swapping AZ Alkmaar for Tottenham in the summer and still hasn’t netted from open play, with all three of his goals coming from the penalty spot.

Janssen was handed the chance to impress on Sunday when Tottenham hosted Aston Villa in the FA Cup, but the striker struggled to make an impact and was taken off after 60 minutes. His performance led to ridicule from the BBC presenter Gary Lineker, who called the Dutch international “A poor man’s Robert Soldado.”

After the game, Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Janssen, “It is true that he is struggling and it is difficult.

“In the second half he found a bit more space but we still decided to bring in Alli. It was tough but not only for him. He needs to work hard and not be frustrated. He’s still young, comes from a different league and should get used to it.”

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