Tottenham Hotspur recorded their first win of the 2016-17 campaign on Saturday, with a 1-0 victory over London rivals Crystal Palace getting Mauricio Pochettino’s men off the mark.
It certainly was not a vintage performance by last season’s title contenders and it took a Victor Wanyama header with eight minutes remaining to give the hosts all three points.
Pochettino made headlines with his team selection, as Dutch import Vincent Janssen led the line for the North London club, meaning Harry Kane dropped into the number ten role and Dele Alli was omitted.
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) August 20, 2016
The former AZ Alkmaar forward has moved to England with a burgeoning reputation after a goal-laden debut season in the Eredivisie in 2015-16.
However, Janssen could not open his Tottenham account despite a number of chances falling his way – with one gilt-edged miss in the second half particularly standing out in the memory.
After the game Tottenham fans took to Twitter to comment on the Netherlands international’s performance, with most glossing over his poor finishing and stating that they were impressed with the new Spurs striker.
Vincent Janssen’s work rate is incredible. Never stops running and working. Fantastic addition ? #COYS
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) August 20, 2016
Janssen looks like he’s going to be a brilliant signing. Works hard, gets in great positions. Goals will come #coys
— michael (@officialMKcoys) August 21, 2016
Who saw on the final whistle Janssen collapse on the floor out of pure exhaustion. I love him already
— Ledders (@Georgaldinho) August 21, 2016
I’m liking Janssen but I’m looking at Michy Batshuayi like what if?
— Craig Mitch (@CraigxMitch) August 20, 2016
Would love Janssen to get himself a goal today. Really deserves it. #COYS
— Spurred On (@spurredontv) August 20, 2016
Janssen and Wanyama already feel more part of the team than Son has in a whole season tbh
— mr. solo dolo (@Cyrus_Sans) August 21, 2016
— Jay (@Aloob007) August 21, 2016
Feel bad for Janssen getting the abuse for that miss. Once again amazing hold up play and keeping the rhythm and tempo of the game up.
— Jonathan Rashti (@Jonathan_THFC) August 21, 2016
— Joe Young (@JoeeYoungg) August 21, 2016
That Vincent Janssen’s got a touch of the Soldados about him. #thfc
— PRT (@PaulRoseTroup) August 21, 2016
I have no doubt Janssen will score goals and also love his work rate he is an honest player #COYS
— Gary (@garydonTHFC) August 21, 2016
The good news about Janssen: he’s getting in the right situations to score. The bad: just needs to be more composed with his finishes. #THFC
— Tottenham Pochspur (@YidLegend) August 20, 2016
— Thomas Rule (@ThomRule) August 20, 2016
Janssen missed some big changes today. Really hope it won’t cause a complex, after last week.Last thing #thfc need is another Soldado-Rasiak
— Mr Spurfect (@MrOKanenas) August 20, 2016
— Neal Anderson (@SpurBear) August 20, 2016