De Telegraaf make unexpected claim about Vincent Janssen at Tottenham

By Alex Stevens

Vincent Janssen has become a better player since his summer move to Tottenham, according to De Telegraaf.

The respected Dutch newspaper claim the striker has “grown” and “become stronger” following his transfer despite scoring only one goal in his first two months at Spurs.

The majority of pundits and Tottenham fans have been underwhelmed by Janssen, 22, who has yet to prove a consistent threat to top flight defences.

The Dutch striker has made 10 appearances for Spurs this season and his only goal was a penalty against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.

De Telegraaf gave a contrasting verdict after Janssen led the Holland line with aplomb as he scored a stunning goal in their 4-1 World Cup qualifier win against Belarus on Friday night.

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“Everyone in the Feyenoord stadium could see Vincent has grown in London and become a much better player at Spurs, that he’s become stronger,” read the report, as quoted by the official Tottenham website. “He was a nightmare for his opponents because even when they were pulling and pushing, he always kept the ball, his team-mates could always reach him and he was always in a good position to get the ball.

“Vincent is a good story and because of him, Robin van Persie isn’t selected anymore, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, the Schalke striker, he’s not selected and we now have Bas Dost of Sporting Lisbon, he’s scoring a lot in Portugal but the national coach has a lot of confidence in Vincent, and Vincent makes that true.”

The forward was signed for £18million from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to provide competition for first-choice Spurs spearhead Harry Kane.

An ankle injury to Kane paved the way for Janssen to have a regular run in the team but he had only mixed success in three consecutive starts and manager Mauricio Pochettino selected Heung-Min Son as the spearhead in last Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Janssen, who netted 32 times in just 49 appearances for his former club AZ last season, remains a regular starter for Holland.

In other Tottenham news, Harry Redknapp has delivered his verdict following the win against Manchester City.