Spurs have officially announced the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar.
The Dutch international has signed in a deal thought to be worth £18.8m after a typically tense period of negotiating by the club.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 12, 2016
Janssen caught the attention of Tottenham after a phenomenal debut season at AZ Alkmaar which saw him score 27 goals in 34 games.
Named as the Eredivisie’s young player of the year – an award previously won by the likes of Christian Eriksen and Rafael van der Vaart – international recognition has followed for the striker, with Janssen winning five caps for Holland and scoring three goals.
The signing is Spurs’ second of the summer following Victor Wanyama’s move from Southampton, filling the two most obvious gaps in the squad.
Harry Kane was put under undue pressure and strain last season with no viable alternative available to Mauricio Pochettino. Janssen’s arrival gives him a different option in the lone striker position, as well as the possibility of pairing the young forwards in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.
The timing of the deal gives Janssen the opportunity to be involved with pre-season training, which due to Pochettino’s methods, is perhaps more important than at other clubs. We look forward to seeing our first glimpse of him in action soon, with the high-profile friendlies against Juventus and Atletico Madrid taking place at the end of the month.