By Wayne Veysey

13th Oct, 2016 | 6:30pm

Sporting director makes bold claim about Janssen after Tottenham struggles

By Alex Stevens

AZ Alkmaar technical director Max Huiberts has claimed that Vincent Janssen will prove to be good value for Tottenham.

The Holland striker moved to White Hart Lane from the Dutch side in the summer for a transfer fee of £18million.

Janssen, 22, has failed to live up to that price tag and the majority of pundits and Tottenham fans have been underwhelmed by his performances.

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

But despite his sticky start, Huiberts does not believe that Tottenham overpaid for Janssen and has backed him to come good in England.
“It was said that it was ridiculous that we asked for more than £10m for Vincent because he plays for AZ. But then I think, why?” Huiberts told club magazine AZ Spreekt, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.

“He is the top scorer in the Netherlands and the No 1 striker for the Oranje. Vincent had already reached the top in the Eredivisie. I am sure that he will adapt quickly to the level of the Premier League.”

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

An ankle injury to Kane last month 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 and scored for his country during the international break.

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