From Dutch depths to Premiership powerhouse

It was only two seasons ago Vincent Janssen was playing in the second division of the Dutch Eerste Divisie, but now he embarks on a new journey as a striker for Premier League giant Tottenham Hotspur.

The Dutchman managed to show his worth debuting for Spurs in the International Champions Cup (ICC) against Juventus at the MCG on Tuesday night.

Janssen capped off a stellar season with former club AZ Alkmaar taking claiming the golden boot with 32 goals before making the switch to North London.

The 22-year-old was also linked to Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, but dismissed the conjecture and concluded Tottenham was a simple decision in the end.

“It was all speculations and Tottenham was one of the clubs who was interested, so for me it was an easy choice,” Janssen said.

“But it’s a big difference, because the level is much higher. Everything I do is step-by-step and for me it was fast going from the second division in Holland to 14 months later playing against Juve, that’s a big difference and I’m getting used to it.

“The training is different if you compare it with Holland, it’s much tougher, but I’m getting used to it, so that’s nice.

“I’m settled after being here for two weeks, so I’m feeling good.”

With stiff competition inside Tottenham’s squad with Harry Kane recognised as the main central striker, the absence of the 2016 European Championship participants resulted in Janssen’s chance to solely play through the middle in the exhibition against Juventus.

Janssen made it clear he had played in different roles in the past, however wanted the striker’s position at Tottenham and was excited to play with the likes of Erik Lamela, who changed the game drastically when he came onto the MCG on Tuesday.

“I always look forward to play with these players, I have to play with all everyone and I think they all have a lot of quality, so it’s nice,” he said.

“We knew it was a tough game, we played against the winner of the Italian league and we tried hard and it didn’t always go well, but it was a friendly game.

“It’s our first test and I think it was good to play these games, we pressed them a lot. It didn’t always go well, but I think it was difficult for us in the first half and it was tough to play against a good team.”