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Vincent Janssen – A good signing for Spurs?

Vincent Janssen is closing in on a move to join Tottenham, after AZ Alkmaar agreed to let him travel to London for talks with the North London club. They are desperate to bring in cover for Harry Kane, and add a different attacking option to the squad. They have been linked with higher profile forwards, but a move for Janssen represents value for money, while the Dutchman is unlikely to demand a starting berth to begin with. The fee wanted by his current club is believed to be around £12m, which could turn out to be a bargain says Jake Jackman.

The striker has had a meteoric rise to the very top of the Dutch game. He was the top scorer in the Eredivisie during his first season in the Dutch top flight. This led to his first Dutch call up and he has continued to perform at that level, scoring three times in five caps. It is his form for Holland that will have led to this transfer, as he has showed he can compete with the very best. He was arguably the best player on the pitch at Wembley as the Netherlands managed to beat England, scoring a penalty and assisting the winning goal.

Janssen is a unique centre forward in that he is strong and well built, allowing him to play the target man role well. His hold up play is excellent, but he also possesses an impressive passing range, an attribute we come to expect of any Dutch player. He is also quick, with his movement able to stretch defences. The striker is obviously a good finisher, as shown by his tally of 27 league goals in the Eredivisie this season.

He is lethal around the 18-yard box, and manages to find a way to get a shot away even in the most improbable situations. Spurs fans can also expect to see Janssen’s impressive link up play in the final third. He often plays intricate flicks and backheels to get his team-mates on the ball. Although he is born to score goals, he also has good vision in the final third and does look to gain assists as well as goals.

The Dutch forward is mentally strong and has stepped up every time a question is asked of him. He was signed as a back-up forward for AZ at the beginning of the season, but the departure of Aron Jóhannsson thrust him into the starting eleven. He initially struggled and didn’t score for several weeks. His confidence remained though and his self-belief carried him through a rough period as he adjusted to the Dutch top flight. That will be key again as he moves to England.

In terms of his primary tactical plan, Janssen is the perfect fit for Mauricio Pochettino. He is as similar to Harry Kane as they come, although Janssen is more of a number nine, while Kane does play a withdrawn role at times. The AZ Alkmaar forward will be able to come into the team and not alter the tactics hugely and I think that is a major reason he is joining Tottenham. It is a risk to buy a player off the back of just one top flight season, but his international performances show he can compete at a higher level.

This is a great signing for Spurs, and he perfectly fits the criteria that Pochettino will have wanted for a second choice striker. He is young, fits in well to his tactical plan and he won’t complain about being used mainly as a rotational option. However, he is hungry and the Dutch international has been successful at every level he has played at. He will believe in his own abilities and will try to break into the first team. You wouldn’t back against him either given how quickly he has emerged as the long term striking option for Oranje.

For Janssen personally, I think that another season in the Eredivisie would have been beneficial to develop further away from a pressured environment. However, it is difficult to turn down a move to the Premier League and Tottenham is a good club to join at the moment. They are on the up and have an exciting manager, who gives young players a chance. Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have all showed that if you perform when given a chance, it is possible to break into the first team at White Hart Lane. Janssen will believe he can do that too and he could force Pochettino to devise an alternative tactic that could facilitate two strikers. The most important thing is for the Tottenham staff and fans to be patient with him as he settles in England. Memphis Depay wasn’t afforded that luxury and has been labelled a flop as a result. If he gets time, Janssen will thrive in England.


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Could these five Eredivisie players be on the move this summer?

As one of Europe’s second tier leagues, the Eredivisie will always be at risk of losing its best players, as has happened in recent years. Last season it was Memphis Depay, Gini Wijnaldum, Luc Castaignos, Jordy Clasie and Oussama Tannane who were the big names to leave Holland. This year’s Eredivisie has had an intriguing title race with both PSV and Ajax level on points going into the last two matches. Meanwhile, there have been young players breaking through lower down in the league that will attract big interest this summer. The following are the five players that I feel will attract the most interest and are ready to try their luck in another league tells Jake Jackman.

Hakim Ziyech

The FC Twente attacking midfielder is almost certainly going to be leaving the league this summer, as he has outgrown the Eredivisie and his club are in desperate need of cash. Ziyech is a number ten, who is capable of scoring and creating goals as shown by this season’s tally of 17 goals and 10 assists. He has already tied Memphis Depay’s goal and assists haul from last season, and with two matches to play, he is set to beat it. Ziyech is a dead ball specialist, while his vision is also incredible as he often plays key passes that open up opposition defences. He has also showed his leadership ability as he has captained FC Twente this season after opting to remain at the club last summer.

I’d expect Ziyech to be available for a reasonable fee all factors considered, which could make him the bargain of the summer. He has been linked to Barcelona, Leicester City and Fenerbahce in recent months and it is impossible to predict where he will end up. The 23-year-old will be known to a lot of scouts across Europe and with the potential of making a huge profit, there will be lots of clubs asking about the midfielder.

Vincent Janssen

This year was Janssen’s first in the Eredivisie, but he is en route to being the league’s top scorer and he has also made his Oranje debut in recent months. He made an impact against England, getting a goal and an assist as the Dutch recorded a famous victory at Wembley. This match may have brought him to the world’s attention, but the AZ striker was already well known to regular watchers of the Dutch top flight. Janssen is a complete forward who is very capable of leading the line on his own. His strengths lie around the penalty box as he is a strong finisher, while he is good at anticipating potential chances. Janssen is a capable dribbler, while he also brings midfielders into the game in the final third.

He has an incredible 25 goals in his first Eredivisie season, which surpasses his tally from last season with Almere City. His rise to the top has been staggering and at the age of 21, he is likely to improve a lot more, which is exciting for Oranje fans, especially after the disappointment of missing the European Championships this summer. Janssen would suit Premier League football, and has been linked to both Liverpool and Manchester United. If he does move to a new league in the summer, fans will have to be patient and give him time to adapt as he is still very young. Janssen has adjusted quickly to every challenge he has been set in his career and I think he would be a huge hit wherever he goes.

Jetro Willems

Jetro Willems would have probably departed the league last summer if it wasn’t for his injury problems. He returned in the second half of the season and has performed well for the most part, but he has yet to find his form from last season. He has one goal and three assists to his name from just 13 league games, which shows that he is still a very effective player going forwards. Meanwhile he showed his defensive qualities in both legs against Atletico Madrid, playing a key part in two clean sheets. Willems is a modern day full back, who loves rampaging forwards. He is a good crosser of the ball and his ability to make the decision when on the ball in the final third shows intelligence beyond his years.

He has been linked with several clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in recent months. It is got to the point when he should consider moving to another league to test himself and to continue progressing. He would risk stagnation if he remains in the Eredivisie as he is comfortable and established as the best left back in the division. He could cost up to £10m this summer, but he would be a great signing for any of the clubs mentioned as he has the potential to become one of the best full backs in world football. Also, he brings experience of the Champions League and has a winning mentality, both of which will be invaluable when he finally leaves the Eredivisie.

Riechedly Bazoer

The Ajax academy is still bringing through great talents in each generation and Riechedly Bazoer could be the best for a long time. He has already established himself as a starter for both club and country, while he has interested the likes of Napoli in recent months. The central midfielder is a great passer of the ball, while he is capable of carrying the ball, which is often does as he drives Ajax forwards. His reading of the game is superb as he rarely makes mistakes. Moreover, he is able to score goals with his tally standing at five for the season, with his long shots being another strength.

He is only 19-years-old and his potential is enormous. Bazoer is likely to go for a big fee when he does eventually leave Ajax. He has been linked with a move to Arsenal recently, but he may feel another year in the Eredivisie would be beneficial for his development. A move too soon to the wrong club can leave your growth at a standstill as Memphis Depay has learned the hard way. If he does leave this summer, he will be a great pick up for one of Europe’s premier clubs.

Sebastian Haller

The striker has had a great season in the Eredivisie and at the age of 21, he will develop a lot more in the future. Haller is all the attributes to succeed in a bigger league. He is great in the air, a strong finisher and capable of beating defenders on the dribble. The Frenchman is also contributes defensively, especially when it comes to defending set pieces. He almost joined Norwich City in January for £6.5m and although his value may be more in the summer, he will still be a cheaper option for clubs. He is an exciting prospect and it might be worth taking a risk on him now at a fee around £8m, than waiting and seeing his value rise.

Haller has scored 17 goals and has 4 assists, an impressive return which has helped his club get in contention for a Europa League spot for next season. He remains inconsistent and often scores his goals in streaks, but that is to be expected given his age. Tottenham have been linked with him in recent weeks, but they may be looking for a more proven talent to be a back up to Harry Kane, especially with the Champions League next season. He may opt for one more season in the Eredivisie, there will be interest in him this summer though.


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Vincent Janssen – The future firepower for Oranje?

AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen is currently one of the brightest talents in the Eredivisie and his rise to the top of the league will have caught the attentions of a lot of people in football. He has been compared to Ruud van Nistelrooy and many have talked about him as being a big part of the future for the National side. Although it is important to not get carried away, Janssen’s start to 2016 has been incredible and he has scored as many league goals as Lionel Messi with ten says Jake Jackman.

His battle to get where he is has faced its setbacks, as he was released from the Feyenoord academy in 2013 and could have disappeared off the scene. However, the forward joined Almere City in the Jupiler League and scored 29 goals in 69 matches for the club. It isn’t an incredible goal return, but he grew with experience and started to stand out in terms of his overall contribution. Fred Grim, who worked with the forward at Almere City, had no doubts about Janssen’s ability to step up to the Dutch top flight and he has been proved correct. The forward is now second in the goal chart, only to the experienced Luuk de Jong, and could surpass the PSV forward if he continues this rich vein of form.

It was a match just a few weeks ago where Janssen really put his name on the map and went from a good striker, to one who could push on for better things. He returned to former club Feyenoord and ran riot, with one of the best striking displays seen in Holland this season. Feyenoord still had an outside chance of joining the title race, but the movement and clinical finishing of Janssen heaped misery on the club who released him as a youth player. He scored a hat-trick and was ‘Man of the Match’ on the day. AZ have showed themselves as a team on the rise, and Janssen is at the apex of that.

The Dutch national side is going through a period of upheaval and there will be temptations to get rid a lot of the older players and build a team of younger players, like both Spain and Germany have done in recent times. If they do opt to do that, Janssen is the prime candidate to be the forward, as he has all the characteristics to be a top forward.

Although he is not the tallest (5ft 11), he is capable in the air, but he is strongest with the ball at his feet. His nimble footwork allows him to beat defenders, while his coolness in front of goal has played a huge part in his good run. He has emerged as one of the best finishers in the league. Furthermore his movement and awareness in the final third are those of a player who can continue his goalscoring form and can grow in the sport.

Holland have a lot of good young players coming through. Memphis Depay, Anwar El Ghazi, Riechedly Bazoer and Jetro Willems are already well known, but you can know add Vincent Janssen to that list and it will be intriguing to follow his career over the next 18 months.


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EREDIVISIE Week Two Preview and Betting Tips


With eight games over the next two days, Will Burns is here with the best way to make a profit this weekend and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Saturday 15th August



After the disappointing start to their campaign, AZ Alkmaar head to Rotterdam to kick start the season against Excelsior.

Excelsior themselves tasted defeat at the hands of newly-promoted N.E.C. Nijmegen and will look to this game to grab their first points of the season, however, I see John van der Brom’s side will prove to be strong. The Roodzwarten will be without usual first-teamer Luigi Bruins with AZ coming into the game with a full-strength squad.

Vincent Janssen (TDFTop50 #31) should receive plenty of chances this season with Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Joris van Overeem and Guus Hupperts ready to supply the striker and with the weak defensive that Excelsior possesses, he may attract some value this evening. For him to score anytime is valued at Bet365.com at 7/5, but for him to notch two or more, you can grab that at a huge 15/2.

Meanwhile, the best value, and less risk I see is AZ to win at 3/2. I cannot see anything else happening in this apart from AZ leaving the Stadion Woudestein with all three points

BEST BET: AZ to win (3/2 at Bet365)

OTHER TIPS: Vincent Janssen – Anytime Goalscorer (7/5 at Bet365)

Vincent Janssen to score two or more (15/2 at Bet365)



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