Would Janssen fit in at Spurs?

Tottenham have continually been linked with Dutch striker Vincent Janssen in a story that never seems to go away. Spurs are obviously interested with several sources, including the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, indicating that Janssen is most likely to be heading over to North London this summer. Pochettino is seeking a striker to relieve the pressure and lower the game time of Harry Kane who dropped in form during Euro 2016 perhaps due to fatigue. If Janssen does make the move across the English Channel, would it be a seamless transfer and would he fit in with Pochettino’s on-going revolution at Tottenham?

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Young Talent

Pochettino has a reputation for working with and developing young talent from his days at Southampton and he has continued to be influential with the younger generation at Tottenham. Spurs had one of the youngest combined ages in the Premier League last season and have a superb academy, from where the likes of Mason, Townsend, Bentaleb and Kane have all emerged. Janssen would be ideal for Pochettino as he is a young striker and therefore might not expect to make a straight transition into the first team at Spurs. It will be interesting to see how Janssen develops under the Argentine’s influence.

Loyalty and Commitment

Following talks with representatives of Spurs, Janssen was certain that he would move to Spurs. Unlike Michy Batshuayi who was tempted by the high wages offered by Chelsea, Janssen has rejected French champions PSG and Spurs’ rivals West Ham for a move to North London. This indicates that Janssen would be loyal and dedicated and his positive attitude and mindset will be clear when he starts to play at the Lane. Janssen will represent the club with passion and will show desire; his priority is playing well and not money.

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Janssen has proved that he can score goals on what ever stage he plays in – top scorer in the Eredivise last season withn 27 goals, 3 in 5 caps for Holland and 32 goals in 2 seasons with Almere City reveal he is a goal scorer and will get any team goals. Janssen’s international record perhaps suggests that he won’t find the change of setting hard to endure as he has already scored goals against England, Poland and Austria (all teams who featured in Euro 2016).


Janssen is incredibly good at holding up play which is good news as Pochettino preferred system is with a lone striker in a 4231 formation. Janssen’s hold up play will allow the attacking midfielders like Lamela, Eriksen and Alli to get into goalscoring position. Janssen does have good pace and movement and has a very good work-ethic, something that is required if you are to win over Pochettino and something that is necessary if you are to endear yourself to the fans. Janssen’s ability to use both feet has also impressed many, with several making comparisons to former Dutch legends like Van Persie and Van Nistelrooy.

Any Concerns?

  • He isn’t proven in the Premier League and it can be quite hard to adapt to
  • He has only ever played his football in Holland
  • The Dutch league isn’t regarded very highly (Memphis Depay found the change to the Premier League difficult)



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