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Janssen determined to take his Tottenham chance in Kane's absence

08:00 BST 01/04/2017
Vincent Janssen Tottenham
The Dutch striker has not made the expected impact in the Premier League but has seen the misfortune of others present him with an opportunity

Vincent Janssen feels for Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane but is determined to shine in his injury-enforced absence.

Spurs saw their star striker pick up an injury during an FA Cup clash with London rivals Millwall.

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With Kane having suffered ankle ligament damage, he has been forced to take in a spell on the sidelines.

His presence will unquestionably be missed, as the club’s 24-goal top scorer, but the England international’s misfortune has played into the hands of Janssen.

The Dutchman has netted just five times since completing a £17 million transfer to White Hart Lane, but he is confident he can prove his worth in the Premier League if given a regular run in the side.

He said while away on international duty with the Netherlands: "First of all I feel bad for Harry Kane and the club because he's a vital player for us. But I hope I can play more minutes now.

“I will not complain to the manager because we're second in the league, in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and almost never lose a match.

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“If we keep on winning I don't have any reason to complain, but I have to keep working hard. I am very happy to be part of all this success.

"I just hope I can give positive energy to the squad. I support my team-mates wherever they need it and if someone else plays instead of me, I'm fully behind him.

“I just give everything during the training and hope for a chance."

While goals have been hard to come by in English football, Janssen retains full belief in his ability to pose a considerable threat in the final third of the field.

The man who netted 31 times in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar last season added: "I don't need any mental support or anything.

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“If I get a chance to score, I still feel the same. A chance is a chance and I'm aware of my qualities.

“If I get a ball in my feet I will shoot it in. I will not think: 'I haven't scored for three months.' I have enough confidence to stay focused.”

Tottenham return to domestic action on Saturday with a trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.