Spurs newest striker Vincent Janssen has a had a slow start to his career at White Hart Lane. Having only scored two penalties in the EFL Cup and hasn't score in 9 appearances in the league. Many fans have started comparing him to Roberto Soldado who had a two-year unsuccessful spell at Spurs. In 52 appearances in the Premier League he scored 7 goals and had 6 assists. The only thing I think they have in common is they both wear the number 9 shirt. Soldado was 28 at the time of his arrival, had a £26 Million price tag and was seen as a poacher. Vincent Janssen is 22 years old, cost £17 Million and can play upfront on his own or in a partnership.
Janssen is good in the air, strong and a team player. He is a hard worker and obviously fits into Pochettino's high press system. Last season he finished as the top scorer in the Eredivisie with 27 goals for AZ Alkmaar, it was his 1st season in top flight football. He failed to score in his first 8 games but then went on to become the youngest player to score more than 25 goals in a season since Ronaldo in 1994/5. Vincent Janssen received the Johan Cruyff Trophy the Dutch "Talent of the Year" award. At International level he has scored 4 goals in 8 caps for Holland, including 1 against England in a win at Wembley Stadium.
Every player who comes from a different country needs time to settle on and off the pitch. They also need time for their team mates to understand how they play. He was thrust into the limelight due to Harry Kane's injury, and has been a starter and a substitute. Every player needs a run of games for confidence and continuity. In his appearances he shown an excellent ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play. He has shown a willing to make runs and close down the opposition. He is two footed, good passer of the ball and keeps possession. These are all attributes that Spurs were looking for in a 2nd striker.
There are many players that have slow starts in the Premier League and have gone onto have excellent careers. Most Spurs fans should remember once Gareth Bale was seen as a flop and looked how that turned out. I know that a lot of players do struggle in the Premier League and many fans are scarred by the Soldado saga. I do think that given time and patience Janssen can be a successful signing. In a recent interview, Pochettino seemed happy with his contribution to the team. "always involved and the commitment in every game and every training session is fantastic". In a world where everyone wants everything right now patience seems in short supply but people should reserve judgement at least until the end of the season. As a striker I know his main purpose is to score goals, but not many chances are coming his way at the moment. So if he is contrubuting I think he deserves time for the goals to come.
Spurs fan, will Janssen come good? Let us know in the comments below!