Robin van Persie: I can help this struggling Tottenham player became a star
By Harry Sykes
Robin van Persie has offered to transform struggling Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen into a Premier League star.
Van Persie is convinced that he can offer tips to his fellow Dutchman that can make a big difference to the player and improve his game.
Janssen, 22, has made little impact since joining Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in the summer for £18million.
He has scored just three goals – each of them have been penalties – from 20 matches in all competitions and spread across 993 minutes of action.
Premier League legend Van Persie, 33, who had prolific spells at Arsenal for eight years and Manchester United for three years, believes he can help smooth Janssen’s adaptation process through interaction with the Holland national team and develop him into a bona fide star.
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“If I see Vincent Janssen play, I think, a really good striker,” said Van Persie, speaking to Dutch publication AD as quoted by Football Oranje. “He’s done really good in Orange. But I also see things in his game that I think I could help him.
“Details, small notes and tips. If Vincent is open to it, of course, the way that time between Ruud van Nistelrooy and me went. I myself have long played in the Premier League for eleven years. In the process, I could play a good role, I think. ”
Janssen will miss Spurs’ Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday with an ankle injury that has troubled him in recent weeks.
Tottenham head into the match in fifth position in the table, seven points behind new leaders Arsenal, who beat Stoke 3-1 on Saturday to climb above Chelsea.
By contrast, United are in sixth place, although they are six points behind Mauricio Pochettino’s side and cannot climb above them this weekend.
In other Tottenham news, the club have confirmed they are closing in on a major January signing.