Pochettino says Janssen is a ‘perfect fit’ - now can he continue his progress at Spurs?
The deal may have taken a month to complete but it is only mid-July and Tottenham have already signed a striker, filling the single most important hole in their squad.
Vincent Janssen has not come from the bargain bucket either. This is a £17million recruit who topped the goalscoring charts in the Dutch league last season, becoming the youngest player to score 25 or more goals in the Eredivisie since the Brazilian Ronaldo at PSV Eindhoven in 1994-95.
Janssen, 22, consequently won the Johan Cruyff Trophy, which is awarded to the best young player in the league – a prize previously won by Rafael van der Vaart and Christian Eriksen – and Mauricio Pochettino has described him as a “perfect fit” for Spurs.
The manager added: “Vincent is still very young and his potential is massive to develop. He has quality in the box and he’s a striker that likes to fight and work for the team. His human profile is perfect for the team, we always care about that.”
In the past couple of years, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and particularly Dele Alli have all enjoyed meteoric rises into the national team – and Janssen has similarly been on a sharp upward curve.
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After all, he only started playing in the Dutch top flight this time last year, swapping second-tier outfit Almere City for AZ Alkmaar for £340,000.
Twelve months on, he has just banked Alkmaar a club record fee, and he has also announced his arrival on the international scene with three goals in his five games for the Netherlands.
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Spurs will now hope that, like Alli, Janssen will continue his rapid progress, hit the ground running and, in addition to providing much-needed back-up for Kane, give England’s No9 genuine competition.
@Bazzab68: To bag Holland’s main striker for £17m when teams are bidding £30m for Deeney is fantastic business!
@Hazspur92: relieved we have signed another striker finally, whether his form translates from Dutch league is unpredictable
@MAshed18: He’s in mould of the top Dutch strikers -- technical, hard working with an instinct to score that you can’t teach. Great signing.
@FootballGogme: The most English striker in the Eredivisie in a decade. Hints of Van Nistelrooy, work rate like Harry Kane.
@spatchy1: Just hope he does better than Bobby Soldado – He was supposed to be good too.