Tottenham may have finally found their attacking signing. Reports in Tuesday’s Mirror suggest that a €15million fee has been agreed for a player who scored 27 goals last season.
Mauricio Pochettino has been searching for a striker to ease the goalscoring pressure off of Harry Kane and it seems that he may have finally found his man in AZ Alkmaar striker Vicent Janssen. Janssen is just 21 but he scored an impressive 27 goals in 34 league games for AZ in the Eredivisie last season.
The news of a fee being agreed comes from The Mirror who also report that the club is now in contract negotiations for the player. These contract talks should be fairly straightforward with Spurs happy to offer Janssen a large increase on his current wages.
Should Janssen join he would replace Son and Chadli as back-up options for Kane, although he could also play alongside the English forward. We would normally take a look at how Janssen compares statistically to Son and Chadli but it’s clear he scores a lot more, but also plays in a league that is a lot easier to score goals in.
Tottenham cannot be too confident that Janssen will replicate his goalscoring form in England as for every Luis Suarez or Ruud van Nistelrooy, there is a Jozy Altidore or Ryan Babel.
A promising sign for Tottenham fans is that Janssen has scored 3 goals in his 5 appearances so far for Netherlands. Janssen appears to have the right blend of strength and goalscoring instinct to succeed in England, though there is no way of knowing how he will adjust to life and football in the English Premier League.
€15million (£12million) is a relatively modest price tag for a player who has scored so many goals last season. Although they have come in a poor league in comparison to the Premier League, Tottenham are making a relatively low risk transfer here. At 21-year-old, even if Janssen fails to adjust to English football he could be sold on for a good proportion of that fee. Unlike their North London rivals Arsenal, Spurs can afford to take a risk with their attacking signing as they already have a reliable top class striker in Kane.
The Gunners had expressed an interest in Janssen though they now appear to be concentrating their efforts fully on convincing Jamie Vardy to accept their £120,000 contract offer.
Janssen is of a similar build to Kane, fairly strong and 5ft 11′ tall. He likes to hold onto the ball and dribble with it, and it is for this reason why he may work well in a partnership with Kane. Kane could play just behind Janssen in a more creative role as the Dutchman prefers to play on the shoulder, or there is also the possibility that Janssen may do well in a wide forward role due to his dribbling qualities.
Janssen recently expressed his desire to leave Holland and although there has been interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, the player now appears to have his heart set on a move to White Hart Lane.
He said last month: “I can look back on a great season. For me to score so many goals and get in the Holland team and also to score against England at Wembley makes it the best football year of my life.
“I am ready for a big step up. To be realistic the big Dutch clubs cannot afford me. That’s not because of my wages, it’s the transfer fee.”