Vincent Janssen

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Vincent Janssen
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Janssen with the Netherlands national team in June 2016
Personal information
Full name Vincent Petrus Anna Sebastiaan Janssen[1]
Date of birth (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Heesch, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Youth career
2000–2002 SV TOP
2002–2006 Oss
2006–2009 NEC
2009–2013 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Almere City 69 (29)
2015–2016 AZ 34 (27)
2016– Tottenham Hotspur 27 (2)
2017–2018Fenerbahçe (loan) 15 (4)
National team
2008–2009 Netherlands U15 4 (2)
2009 Netherlands U16 6 (1)
2011 Netherlands U18 1 (0)
2014 Netherlands U20 2 (2)
2014–2015 Netherlands U21 10 (8)
2016– Netherlands 17 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:19, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Vincent Petrus Anna Sebastiaan Janssen (born 15 June 1994) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, and the Netherlands national team. He was awarded the 2016 Johan Cruyff Trophy, the Dutch "Talent of the Year" award.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Janssen formerly played in NEC and Feyenoord youth teams, winning the U19s national title with Feyenoord in 2013.[3]

After being released by Feyenoord, he joined Eerste Divisie team Almere City in 2013.[4][5] He made his debut for Almere on 3 August 2013 in a 3–2 home defeat against Volendam.[6] After netting ten goals in the 2013–14 season, he reached 19 goals the following season.[7] He scored 32 goals in 74 appearances in all competitions for Almere.[5]

AZ[edit]

After two seasons with Almere, Janssen moved to Eredivisie side AZ in 2015, signing a contract with the club until 2019.[8] He scored his first official goal for the club against İstanbul Başakşehir in a UEFA Europa League qualifier on 30 July 2015.[9][10] His first goal in the Eredivisie was on 4 October 2015, where he scored the first and second goal in a 3–1 home win against Twente.[11][12] After failing to score in his first eight matches for the club, he went on to score 20 league goals in the second half of the season – the first player to achieve this feat in 52 years[5] – and became the top scorer of the Eredivisie with a total of 27 goals. This also made him the youngest player to score more than 25 goals in an Eredivisie season since Ronaldo in the 1994–95 season.[13][14] His first hat-trick for AZ was on 24 January 2016, in a 4–2 home win against former club Feyenoord.[15] He also scored four goals in a 5–1 home win against PEC Zwolle on 16 April 2016.[16] He was awarded the 2016 Johan Cruyff Trophy, the Dutch "Talent of the Year" award.[14][17]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 12 July 2016, Janssen joined Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for £17 million (20 million) on a four-year contract.[18][19] Manager Mauricio Pochettino had seen Janssen during a Netherlands friendly with the Republic of Ireland, saying Janssen "ticked all the boxes we needed". With his signing, he became the most expensive player sold by AZ Alkmaar in their football history.[20]

Janssen played in three friendlies for Tottenham before the 2016–17 season, providing a goal and an assist in the final game against Inter Milan. Janssen made his Premier League debut on 13 August, coming on as a substitute for Eric Dier against Everton. He made his first start the next week at home to Crystal Palace, playing at forward the full 90 minutes. Following an ankle injury to star Harry Kane on 18 September, Janssen was thrust into a larger role for the club, with Pochettino stating "this is a big opportunity for him to show what he can do".[21] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 September 2016, converting a penalty in a 5–0 victory in the EFL Cup against Gillingham.[22] His first Premier League goal, another penalty, was on 29 October in a 1–1 draw with Leicester City.[23] He scored his first goal from open play for Tottenham on 12 March 2017, scoring the fifth goal in a 6–0 FA Cup Quarter Final win over Millwall.[24] On 4 September 2017, it was confirmed that Janssen had been omitted from Spurs' Champions League squad for the 2017–18 campaign.[25]

On 8 September 2017, Janssen joined Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe for the season.[26] He scored his first goal for the club on his debut in Turkey in a 4–1 win over Alanyaspor,[27] and a second in the Istanbul derby against Beşiktaş that resulted in a 2–1 win.[28] However, he was injured against Bursaspor in early December, and was out of action for a few months.[29]

Janssen returned to Tottenham but at the beginning of the 2018–19 season he wasn't issued a number.[30] Spurs reported on their website that Janssen had surgery for a foot injury and will be in recovery with the clubs medical staff.[31]

International career[edit]

Janssen received his first call up to the senior Netherlands team in March 2016 for friendlies against France and England.[32] In his first international start, a 1–2 win against England on 29 March 2016, he scored his first senior international goal and provided his first assist on the other.[33]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 9 June 2017. Netherlands score listed first, score column indicates score after each Janssen goal.[34]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 2016 Wembley Stadium, London, England 2  England 1–1 2–1 Friendly
2 1 June 2016 Stadion Energa Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland 4  Poland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
3 4 June 2016 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 5  Austria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 7 October 2016 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands 8  Belarus 4–1 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 31 May 2017 Stade Adrar, Agadir, Morocco 11  Morocco 2–0 2–1 Friendly
6 4 June 2017 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands 12  Ivory Coast 5–0 5–0 Friendly
7 9 June 2017 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands 13  Luxembourg 5–0 5–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Style of play[edit]

Vincent Janssen lining up to take a penalty against England in March 2016.

A two-footed player,[14][35] Janssen is credited with good finishing, movement and pace.[5][35][36] Due to his strength,[5][14][35] he is an "exceptional" hold-up man[5] who can bring teammates into play,[14] and as a good passer of the ball,[5][35][36] he can set up goal-scoring opportunities for teammates.[37] He is also praised for his work ethic,[5][35] as well as his competitive mentality.[21] Janssen's style of play has invited comparisons with Ruud van Nistelrooy.[5][7]

His weaknesses are shots from outside the penalty box, the timing of his movement and ball control.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Janssen is the son of Annemarie Verstappen, a former world champion swimmer and Dutch Sportswoman of the year.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 May 2018[34]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Almere City 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 35 10 1 0 36 10
2014–15 Eerste Divisie 34 19 2 2 2 1 38 22
Totals 69 29 3 2 2 1 74 32
AZ 2015–16 Eredivisie 34 27 5 1 10 3 49 31
Totals 34 27 5 1 10 3 49 31
Tottenham Hotspur 2016–17 Premier League 24 2 3 2 2 2 6 0 35 6
2017–18 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 25 2 3 2 2 2 6 0 36 6
Fenerbahçe 2017–18 Süper Lig 15 4 2 1 17 5
Career totals 143 62 11 6 2 2 16 3 2 1 174 74

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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