If you didn’t like Janssen’s performance today I’m not entirely sure what to tell you. He did an excellent job leading the line against two very solid centre backs. As usual, he didn’t find the back of the net, but he gave his teammates a real outlet when they were under pressure.
Critics of Janssen will point to the fact that Son scored after he exited as a sign of his failure. In my mind, Janssen was like a boxer who worked the Burnley defense with a series of jabs for well over an hour. Son was able to come on and deliver what was a pretty easy knockout blow.
This match could have been a cakewalk if Dele hadn’t been so wasteful in the final third. He created a lot of chances, but he couldn’t manage to finish one for himself. His awful miss in the opening half could have really come back to haunt Spurs.
On the flip side, he unlocked Son’s insurance goal in the second half. Tottenham continued to look most dangerous when he was able to get on the ball and drive the attack forward. The simple truth is he’s fast becoming a world-class attacker.
It wasn’t the Danish attacker’s best match. He looked solid in possession but wasn’t really able to impact the match. In particular, his poor efforts on set pieces really set the attack back in the first half.
It wasn’t a banner day for Eriksen, but he didn’t hurt the club either. Even when he’s less than his best, he keeps the ball ticking in attack. He’s a player the defense has to account for at all times. You can’t discount how much that impacts his teammates.