Arsenal legend discusses the difference between Harry Kane and Tottenham signing
Ray Parlour examines why Vincent Janssen has struggled at Tottenham Hotspur this season
Harry Kane is more of a goal poacher than Tottenham summer signing Vincent Janssen, according to Ray Parlour.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino signed Janssen in a £19m deal from Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar in the summer transfer window to bolster his attacking options.
The Netherlands international arrived in England with a big reputation after the 22-year-old scored 27 times in 33 Eredivisie appearances last season to finish as the Dutch league’s top goal-scorer.
However, Janssen has struggled to make the transition to the Premier League and his only goal was a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City in October.
Kane, on the other hand, has scored five times in eight Premier League games despite enduring an injury-hit start to the current campaign.
Former Arsenal midfielder Parlour explained what Kane does differently to Janssen.
“Vincent Janssen was the man to come in. He hasn’t done enough for me,” Parlour told the Alan Brazil Up Front podcast.
“When I’ve watched Tottenham without Harry Kane, he has come in up front and he tries his best. He hasn’t got the instinct of being a striker: running in the right positions and getting in the right areas. A lot of his work seems to be outside the box.
“Harry Kane was always a poacher who makes runs and gets on the end of things.”
Kane signed a new reported £100,000 a week contract plus add-ons that will see the England striker remain at White Hart Lane until 2022.
Spurs finished in third place in the Premier League table last season.