Van der Vaart backs Jannsen to succeed

Rafael Van der Vaart has backed countryman Vincent Janssen to succeed in the Premier League following his move from AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham Hotspur.

Janssen signed a four-year deal with the North London outfit, reportedly worth around £25,000 per week, as Mauricio Pochettino bolsters his squad ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

Speaking to Tottenham's official website, the 33-year-old, who netted 24 goals in 63 Premier League appearances for Spurs, expressed the belief that the 22-year-old had the attributes of both a playmaker and a striker. 

"In my opinion Tottenham have signed a great striker," he said.

"He’s still young but he’s a real striker. He loves to play and work for the team but he doesn’t just score goals, he makes goals as well.

"If you work hard at Tottenham and in the Premier League, people will love you and if you score goals, you will be a legend. I hope he will do both.

"I think it’s a great signing for Tottenham and a great move for Vincent."

Janssen will compete with the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Clinton N'Jie for a starting-berth in Mauricio Pochettino's side.