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Spurs can partner Janssen with Kane


This summer’s transfer window still has over a month to run, but already we’ve seen a host of exciting newcomers sign for Premier League clubs.

As part of our build up to the 2016/17 campaign, tactics expert Adrian Clarke runs the rule over what some of the new faces will offer in the coming months.

Clarke turns his thoughts to a young striker hoping to emulate Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur.

Vincent Janssen

With only one full, albeit spectacular season at the top level, signing 22-year-old Netherlands forwardVincent Janssen was a gamble that Mauricio Pochettino was prepared to take this summer.

But based on the striker’s incredible progress last season it looks a move likely to prove fruitul for Spurs.

Clarke is impressed with Janssen’s strength and hold-up play

Claiming the coveted Johan Cruyff Trophy, awarded to Dutch football’s ‘Talent of the Year’, Janssen arrives at White Hart Lane on the back of a special breakthrough campaign with AZ Alkmaar, scoring 27 goals to top the Eredivisie charts.

He is a clinical, natural-looking finisher. Able to score with both feet, even if the left is his strongest, the high number of one-touch strikes he successfully executed last term is an indicator of the confidence he has inside the penalty area.

 Left foot  Right foot  Header  One-touch finish  Two-touch finish  + two-touch
  15 (inc 5 pens)  10  2  20  5  2

In many respects he reminds me of a left-footed Kane; both players equally happy to perform with their back to goal, travel with the ball, or loiter inside the box sniffing out chances. They are strikers in the traditional number-nine mould.

Their strength in possession is another clear similarity. Defenders do not find it easy to outmuscle Janssen, who for a young player seems to relish the physical battle.

Could they play as a front two?

With Kane happy to roam in search of the ball, it is a possibility – especially if Spurs’ manager wants to experiment with three at the back, a system that should suit his personnel.

Whether he is a regular or not in 2016/17, Janssen looks an astute signing. He is young enough to be happy with a place on the bench, and should develop quickly under the guidance of Pochettino.

Janssen scored his first Spurs goal in a 3-1 pre-season victory over Rotherham last week before playing in the International Champions Cup against Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

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