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Vincent Janssen has been the latest victim of Tottenham Hotspur’s striker curse.
The club have allowed the Netherlands international to leave, with Janssen linking up with Mexican side Monterrey.
It could be regarded as a step down for a Premier League striker but he’s been nothing short of terrible in north London.
The Netherlands international was a hot prospect when he arrived at Spurs for a fee of £17m. He had scored 32 goals in 49 games for AZ Alkmaar and, really, looked to be an odds-on bet to provide excellent support for Harry Kane.
In 42 games for Spurs, though, he scored six times.
Compare Janssen with the club’s most recent three striker signings, excluding the Dutchman: Fernando Llorente, Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Perhaps Kane is actually sucking the life-force out of these players.
Indeed, since his debut in 2011/12, when he played 90 minutes in a Europa League encounter against Hearts, he has scored 164 goals in 253 games.
The quartet of Janssen, Soldado, Adebayor and Llorente made a combined 275 appearances and scored 60 goals. That’s less than half of Kane’s tally alone.
Kane averages a goal every 0.6 games, or one in two, while the other four averaged a goal every 0.2 games or one in five.
Perhaps it is merely that the England captain, who has also scored 22 goals in 39 games internationally, is a goalscoring phenomenon, a genuinely world-class striker who is at the very height of his profession. That is probably true.
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And perhaps it is also that Spurs have absolutely lucked out with the development of the 25-year-old because they are frankly atrocious at buying strikers. That can be true too.
Janssen is yet another example of this.
He can score goals and he did, in the Netherlands, but at Spurs, his form deserted him.
He has the ability to resuscitate his career and he will hope to do just that in Mexico.
He is the latest victim of Spurs’ striker crisis; the club had better thank their lucky stars they have Kane on their books.