VINCENT JANSSEN STRUGGLES
I had a look at the game time of Vincent Janssen for a previous article which showed he had only played 40 minutes of Premier League football in 4 months between November and March.
Article: Vincent Janssen: 40 Premier League minutes in 4 months - he may still have a future
I wrote he has only played 789 minutes of Premier League football, 3 minutes, 61 minutes, 29 minutes (1 assist), 73 minutes, 4 minutes, 1 minute, 8 minutes, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 3 games not in the squad, 13 minutes, 1 minute, 4 games out injured, 7 minutes, that takes us all the way back to West Ham on 19 November.
In another article, I quoted 19-year-old Belgian talent and Tottenham target Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht captain) who was asked why his game had improved so dramatically this season, to which he replied that his teammates trusted him more and therefore passed him the ball more often, which gave him more opportunity to impact the game.
I argued that that may be a contributing factor into why Vincent Janssen is struggling at Tottenham, perhaps his teammates don't yet have the trust in him and are not passing him the ball as much. He has had a few minutes in recent games, 60 against Watford and 72 against Burnley so I though analysing his number of touches might reveal something.
Against Watford he played 60 minutes and touched the ball 18 times, Harry Kane came on as a substitute and played 30 minutes, he to touched the ball 18 times. So if Janssen had played 90 minutes he would have touched the ball 27 times and if Kane had played the 90 minutes he would have touched the ball 54 times. That is a huge difference.
Against Burnley, Janssen played 72 minutes and touched the ball 38 times, Son Heung-min came on as his replacement, playing 18 minutes and touching the ball 12 times. If Janssen had played 90 minutes he would have touched the ball 47 times and if Son Hueng-min had played 90 minutes he would have touched the ball 60 times.
That rather backs up the theory his teammates don't pass him the ball as much, thus he has less opportunity than others, which simply compounds the problem.
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