Vincent Janssen can take inspiration from Son Heung Min
The Tottenham winger had a relatively underwhelming debut season before shining this campaign15:35 Saturday 8 April 2017, 15:35 8 Apr 2017
With seven matches still to go for Tottenham, Son Heung Min has already carved a milestone for himself.
By scoring twice against Watford in a 4-0 win that still leaves Spurs with an outside chance of snatching the Premier League from Chelsea, Son has now become the first South Korean player to hit double figures for goals in the English top flight.
10 - Son Heung-Min is the first South Korean player to score 10 goals in a single Premier League season. Finisher.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 8, 2017
The 24 year old has now helped himself to 11 league goals this season and the brace against Watford was also his third of the campaign, having also scored twice against both Stoke City and Middlesbrough.
His healthy return of goals puts him third for Tottenham behind Harry Kane (19) and Dele Alli (16) in the scoring charts.
The match was against Watford was also characterised by something else: Vincent Janssen's struggle to get goals, with one gilt-edged chance hitting the bar when he really should have scored.
The Dutch forward arrived at White Hart Lane to provide cover and competition for Tottenham's self-produced goal hero Kane, off the back of a season when he scored just over 30 league goals for AZ Alkmaar in his native Netherlands during 2015-16.
He clearly has a pedigree for goals, albeit in a much weaker league. But only one league goals has followed in the Premier League this season - and that came from the penalty spot against Leicester City.
While Ireland legend Niall Quinn highlighted his other qualities like good hold up play on Sky Sports prior to kick off, goals are still the currency that strikers get judged on.
One must admit that when Kane is fit, opportunities for Janssen can be limited more often than not, and Son sometimes gets the task of leading the line.
But the Korean can be a source of inspiration for his Dutch team-mate in the sense of keeping the chin up in the hope of better times.
Son had arrived from Bayer Leverkusen, having been a player who had hit double figures in the Bundesliga in his three previous seasons (including at Hamburg).
But while last season was by no means shoddy at Tottenham, he only scored four goals in a first season of adaptation. But the promise was always there.
It proved a learning curve and adaptation that has been an excellent platform for this campaign and he has almost tripled his Premier League goal return and become a key player.
Janssen has a much tougher challenge usurping the established Kane at a White Hart Lane that adores "one of our own" but if he takes a leaf out of Son's book and uses this campaign as one to learn from, there is hope for the future that he can find his feet in England and prove a useful foil and option next season.
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