By Tom Blackburn
New Tottenham signing Vincent Janssen has described his team-mates as “very talented” and predicted he can develop his game alongside his fellow emerging stars.
Spurs had the youngest squad in the Premier League last season as they challenge Leicester for the title before slipping away in the final weeks of the campaign.
Janssen, 22, who has joined Spurs for £18.8million from AZ Alkmaar on a four-year deal, will add to the youthful crop of stars alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen.
“I can train with a young, talented group with very good staff and I’m ready to develop myself,” Janssen told Tottenham’s official website. “I can grow with this group, it’s a very talented group and next season we’re in the Champions League as well, so that’s very nice.
Janssen said he had also dreamed of playing in the Champions League and the opportunity to play in the competition was a great attraction.
“I hope to play a lot, to score a lot of goals and to win prizes,” he told the Spurs website. “It’s a beautiful club and I have a great chance to develop myself here.
“It’s always been a dream for me to play in the Champions League. When I was a little child I watched every game in the Champions League. I was so excited to watch that. Now it’s coming close.”
Janssen completed a medical on Monday and agreed the terms of the transfer from AZ after flying to London on Sunday with his advisors Patrick van Diemen and Louis Laros.
The arrival of the 22-year-old will be a huge boost to Pochettino after the club lost out of to Chelsea in their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi, with the striker completing a £33million transfer on Sunday.
Janssen will cost half of Batshuayi but was the top scorer in the Dutch League this season with a virtual goal-a-game haul of 27 goals in 34 games. In all competitions, he struck 32 times in 49 matches.
Pochettino has taken his summer spending beyond the £30million mark after signing midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama from Southampton for around £12million last month.
In other Tottenham news, their fans have reacted on Twitter to the arrival of Janssen.