Vincent Janssen’s Tottenham spell may be less than two months old, but it’s already proving something of a struggle for the Dutchman.
The 22-year-old was snapped up this summer to act as Harry Kane’s deputy or a potential partner for the Golden Boot winner.
Nevertheless, despite prominent game time, it’s been far from plain sailing. Nevertheless, the international break has given Janssen the perfect opportunity to remind Spurs why they signed him in the first place. Against Belarus, he did just that.
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Last season saw Janssen’s breakthrough in European football. His move to AZ Alkmaar proved a stroke of genius and propelled the striker to new levels in the Eredivisie.
In fact, as Memphis Depay had done the season before him, Janssen rose to the status of the Dutch league’s most prolific forward. After all, 31 goals in 49 appearances is a very impressive return.
Consequently, there could be few qualms from Tottenham supporters upon their club’s decision to sign the striker. Especially given the fact he cost them just £17 million, it appeared a risk worth taking.
Nevertheless, Janssen has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.
While the 22-year-old has been far from poor, he has failed to fill the boots of the currently injured Kane. Just one goal in seven outings and none in the league or from open play, is simply not good enough.
The Dutchman’s troubles at White Hart Lane appeared to be the last thing on his mind though upon joining up with the national team this week. Simply put, Janssen appeared a different beat in the orange jersey.
Admittedly, their opponents were Belarus, but the eastern Europeans are no pushovers and the Netherlands were impressive in their 4-1 win.
Quincy Promes and Davy Klaasen may have also graced the scoresheet, but Janssen’s strike proved the most memorable. In fact, his superb solo effort proved his fourth goal for Oranje on just his eighth cap.
The sensational run and finish can be seen below:
Having sashayed past two defenders, the 22-year-old unleashed a sensational left-footed striker into the far top corner. Simply put, it was the definition of postage stamp.
So, for Tottenham fans left skeptical over their new Dutch striker, this week has provided reason to stay calm. It’s clear Janssen harbours the skill and talent, it’s just a case of whether he can transfer it to the Premier League.
After all, if Kane’s absence extends any further, they’ll need their forward to step up to the gauntlet and harvest the goals.
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