Nowhere near Suarez but better than Van Persie? How Vincent Janssen's Premier League start really stacks up
When Vincent Janssen arrived from the Netherlands having thumped 27 goals in 34 Eredivisie games for AZ Alkmaar last season, Tottenham fans were cautiously optimistic.
The 22-year-old’s goalscoring touch is yet to reveal itself in England, adding to a chequered history of strikers arriving from Holland's top flight. On the one hand it has produced three Premier League Golden Boot winners in Ruud van Nistelrooy, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie. On the other, it’s given us Mateja Kezman.
Here, we compare Janssen’s opening 11 league games against eight other Eredivisie imports – and as Van Persie’s career trajectory will testify, Janssen and Spurs needn’t panic yet…
9. Vincent Janssen – Tottenham (2016/17)
1 goal, 1 assist
It’s been a tough start for Janssen, with his solitary goal coming from the penalty spot against Leicester in late October (AZ fans probably thought that too, though – and then look what happened).
The Dutchman has failed to string two league starts together since his move from AZ, having struggled to capitalise on Harry Kane’s seven-week absence through injury.
It looks unlikely that Janssen will depose Kane as Spurs’ main striker any time soon, and the 22-year-old faces a battle to force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI on a permanent basis. He's got plenty of time on his side, though.
8. Wilfried Bony – Swansea (2013/14)
4 goals, 1 assist
Bony’s arrival in England from Vitesse Arnhem started with great promise: in his first 11 games, the Ivorian started six times and scored four goals.
It was a fine start, and as Michu’s goals dried up with form loss and injury, the Swans’ new man kicked on in 2014, starting every league game from January till May, scoring 13 and assisting three more.
Moving to Manchester City in January 2015 undoubtedly halted his progress, though, and Bony is now plying his trade on loan at Stoke in the hope of rekindling his deadly touch.
7. Luis Suarez – Liverpool (2010/11)
4 goals, 4 assists
Suarez arrived at Liverpool after his first biting controversy helped force a departure from Ajax in January 2011, and the Uruguayan was evidently champing at the bit to get going for his new side: he scored against Stoke on his Anfield debut after coming on as a substitute.
The livewire striker started in his next 10 league appearances, notching three goals and, equally importantly, four assists. It highlighted his ability to turn provider at the flick of a switch – a signature element of his game which is currently being showcased to devastating effect alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at Barcelona.
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