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Tottenham: Was Vincent Janssen the worst EVER striker signing?

Vincent Janssen is on his way to Fenerbahce on loan for the season, joining the list of failed striker transfers for Spurs.


Tottenham have an unfortunate knack for signing terrible strikers, or those they think will hit the ground running in the Premier League, but then fail spectacularly.

Practically since Dimitar Berbatov left the club to join Manchester United in a £30m deal on deadline day in 2009, when Fraser Campbell was sent the other way on loan as a budding 21-year-old, fans have been calling out for a new striker.

Roberto Soldado came and went, with high hopes and a large expectation, with Emmanuel Adebayor a temporary stop-gap.

Harry Kane might not have risen to prominence in the way he did without Soldado’s failings, but it doesn’t mask that the signing was just that; a failure.

The latest in this string of poor decisions was Vincent Janssen, a £17m capture from the Eredivisie who’s now been shipped off to Fenerbahce on loan.

RealSport are looking at the worst ever striker Spurs have signed.

  1. 1 Roberto Soldado


    From: Valencia

    When: August 2013

    Fee: £26m

    Arguably the most disappointing of the lot, due to the level of striker Spurs thought they were signing.

    Tottenham had been searching for a striker good enough to lead the line since Dimitar Berbatov left the club, and Soldado joined with the reputation as being one of the most feared strikers in Europe.

    The Spaniard had netted 59 league goals in 101 appearances for Valencia and was a ruthless, instinctive finisher, and his all-around game was good.

    He brought a touch of class and composure to the side but just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

    Spurs were as much to blame as Soldado, however, failing to create chances for him to take during his early tenure at the club.

    The lack of chances meant a lack of goals and Soldado went from being an instinctive finisher to a bag of nerves. Only seven Premier League goals in 52 appearances saw him sold to Villarreal.

  2. 2 Grzegorz Rasiak


    From: Derby County

    When: September 2005

    Fee: £3m

    This just didn't work. At all.

    The Polish striker made a good impression for Derby County in the Championship, with 18 goals in 41 league games the season before joining Spurs.

    However, with the Lilywhites desperate for more firepower, the club forked out a then-healthy £3m to acquire his services.

    It was a disaster.

    A disallowed goal against Liverpool on his debut gave the club some hope of what was to come. Unfortunately, what was to come was eight Premier League games and zero goals.

    It was clear from early on that Rasiak wasn't up to the level of a club challenging for European spots and left for Southampton on loan before moving to the South Coast side permanently.

  3. 3 Sergei Rebrov


    From: Dynamo Kiev

    When: May 2000

    Fee: £11m

    The yardstick for any failed Spurs transfers.

    Sergei Rebrov had joined Spurs for what was a lot of money at the time with a reputation as one of the best strikers in Europe.

    He had formed an exceptional partnership with football legend Andriy Shevchenko at previous club Dynamo Kiev and Spurs wanted a piece of the action.

    However, Rebrov just couldn't settle into the life of England and the style of football in the Premier League. Spurs had a rather poor side at the time which hurt, but the signing of Rebrov was hoped to signal a change in direction.

    Just ten Premier League goals in 60 appearances confirmed Rebrov's place as one of the biggest transfer flops of the Premier League era.

  4. 4 Vincent Janssen


    From: AZ Alkmaar

    When: July 2016

    Fee: £17m

    We wrap up with the latest disappointing striker signing who is set to leave the club.

    Vincent Janssen joined Spurs having netted an impressive 27 Eredivisie goals the season before. However, it was clear from early on that Janssen lacked the sharpness to play in the Premier League. The Dutchman was good at holding up the ball and linking play, but not much else.

    He fell out of favour quickly under Mauricio Pochettino with the Argentine often leaving him out of match day squads altogether and even starting Son Heung-min up front instead of the Dutchman when Harry Kane was injured.

    Janssen only netted six goals last year, four of which were penalties.

    The deadline day signing of Fernando Llorente and leaving Janssen out of Spurs' Champions League squad was evidence the striker no longer had a future at the club.

    Perhaps an impressive loan spell in Turkey will see him given another chance, or at least secure a permanent transfer away.

  1. POLL: Spurs' worst ever striker signing?

    1. Vincent Janssen
    2. Sergei Rebrov
    3. Roberto Soldado
    4. Grzegorz Rasiak
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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

  • You’re a f***ing eedyut. Did you ever see Rebrov play? Have you ever seen Janssen play?

Tottenham: Was Vincent Janssen the worst EVER striker signing?

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