Janssen shares his best position, ready to battle with Tottenham team-mate
By Harvey Byrne
New Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen hopes to make the centre-forward spot his own at White Hart Lane – despite the presence of star man Harry Kane in the side.
The Netherlands international featured in the 2-1 loss to Juventus in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday, but he will most likely need to displace the current Premier League golden boot winner if he aims to start upfront next season.
Kane scored 28 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions last season, but he has not made the trip to Australia with Pochettino giving the club’s Euro 2016 stars an extended break.
The Argentine manager played his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against the Italian giants and Janssen was given the role up front on his own with Tom Carroll, Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli supporting him.
“I have done it in my career, but I prefer the striker position. I think that’s my position,” said the former AZ Alkmaar striker to Goal when asked if he could play another position.
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“So for me, actually, it’s the striker position.”
Janssen moved to White Hart Lane in a £18.8million transfer from AZ Alkmaar earlier in July to add some more firepower to their frontline.
The 22-year-old was the top scorer in the Dutch League last season with an impressive haul of 27 goals in 34 games.
The Holland spearhead has also scored three goals in five international appearances even though he only made his international bow in March. He scored the equaliser from the penalty spot in the recent friendly against England at Wembley and netted the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Austria earlier this month.
In other Tottenham team news, Spurs new signing Victor Wanyama delivered a solid performance against Serie A champions Juventus.