Janssen inspired as Wanyama flounders: lessons from the first game of the season

With the first game of the season giving us plenty of food for thought, we look at a few key points in preparation for the new season.

1) Wanyama and Dier didn’t quite click

Expectations are always high when your duty is to replace the imperious Mousa Dembélé, as Victor Wanyama did on the weekend.

The Kenyan international endured a tough debut, mostly resorting to kicking the opposition into submission in the first half.

Neither Eric nor Victor possess the necessary creative spark to set play from deep and the team looked much more laborious than their usual selves.  

Expect one of the boys to make way for Janssen for the next match, with Dele possibly moving into a deeper role.

2) Michel Vorm a suitable deputy for Hugo

Thrust into the match after Lloris hobbled off not too late into the first half, the Dutchman looked comfortable under the high pressure situation – providing a steady set of hands behind the back line. 

He may have made his last Premier League appearance over a year ago but he may just have quashed any thoughts that it may have been time to make an upgrade.


3) Vincent Janssen looks the real deal

The 45 minutes that the new boy starred in were comfortably better than the 45 that preceded it. 

With three players hitting the box in Janssen, Lamela and Kane, the tide of the match quickly turned in the favour of the men from north London as Everton struggled to contain wave after wave of attack.

Our Vincent Janssen factfile

The 22 year old netted 27 goals for AZ Alkmaar last season and from the looks of things, we may be expecting a fair few hitting the back of the net this term too.

The only concern was Harry’s somewhat nullified performance slotting in at number 10. However, the lad’s a talented footballer and it seems unlikely that he will be on the fringes of the play for too long.

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4) There’s more to come

There’s definitely more to come.

Whilst the boys will look back on a couple of moments of raw inspiration from Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg as the main reason that they failed to travel home with the full three points, the performance was still off the pace of last terms level.

The likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane flattered to deceive in the season’s opener, who’ll need to step up their game in the next fixture. 

The boys play their first home game of the season this weekend as struggling Crystal Palace come to The Lane. Expect a few tactical alterations from Pochettino and for the team to start stepping through the gears.

Written by Joe Thomas

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