By Amir Mir
Vincent Janssen has said it would be an “honour” to emulate Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Dutch striker Janssen signed for Tottenham from AZ Alkmaar in the summer for a fee of £17million. The striker was born in Heesch, near van Nistelrooy’s home town of Oss.
The 22-year-old has failed to find the net in three Premier League games this season, but has stated it would be an “enormous honour” to be named in the same breath as his Dutch compatriot.
“In England they are just finding out that me and Van Nistelrooy are from the same area,” said Janssen to Dutch daily AD, as quoted by ESPN.
“But I wouldn’t say we’re being mentioned in the same breath – maybe that will come. I think that’s an enormous honour. I’m not as far as him yet.”
Van Nistelrooy was one of the most feared strikers in the world during the noughties, as he scored an incredible 149 goals in 215 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
The Premier League winner joined the Old Trafford club from PSV Eindhoven in 2001, where he scored 75 goals in 88 appearances for the Dutch giants.
Janssen scored 27 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie last season, as he hopes to stamp his authority on the Premier League with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
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