Tottenham Hotspur have secured an alternative to primary striker Harry Kane by confirming the capture of AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen.
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Spurs Confirm Janssen Deal
Tuesday, July 12
The north London club announced Janssen's arrival, revealing he has joined on a four-year contract.
Janssen Comments on Spurs Move
Friday, July 8
"AZ and Spurs are talking now. It's not 100 percent, but it's looking good. Otherwise I would have trained," Janssen told newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad, translated by Dutch writer Elko Born, via Dan Kilpatrick of ESPN FC. "I'm happy the clubs are talking now. I'm going to go home and wait. It could take an hour, but it could also take longer."
Janssen Enjoyed Breakout Season at AZ
Per WhoScored.com, Janssen scored 27 league goals and provided four assists last season in his maiden year in the top tier.
OptaJohan detailed how Janssen’s stunning Eredivisie form saw him placed in direct comparison with one of football’s all-time great strikers:
27 - @AZAlkmaar's Vincent Janssen is the youngest player to score more than 25 goals in an Eredivisie season since Ronaldo in 1994/95. Hot.2016-5-8 18:11:23
The complete attacker, who enjoys the ball at his feet, only joined the AFAS Stadion club in 2015 but has made an immediate impact on the face of football in the Netherlands. Manager Danny Blind rewarded Janssen for his goalscoring exploits by handing him a senior international call-up for Holland's friendly against England in March.
The 22-year-old repaid the faith Blind showed in him by scoring in his debut and providing the assist for Luciano Narsingh's winner, per Soccerway. In four further appearances for the Oranje, Janssen has scored twice more to enhance his reputation at the elite level.