Levy has pulled off one of Tottenham's most momentous deals in years

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

When was the last time Tottenham signed a top quality striker?

Netherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's John StonesNetherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's John Stones

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Vincent Janssen, and will be hoping he can replicate the form he displayed in the Eredivisie last season.

Janssen's arrival has been lauded by supporters, and it is simple to see why; Tottenham do not splash out money to sign strikers very often, especially good ones.

Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi in action against AZ Alkmaar's Vincent JanssenAthletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi in action against AZ Alkmaar's Vincent Janssen

The Dutchman is a rarity at White Hart Lane, complementing homegrown hero Harry Kane, who has single-handedly led the attack over the last two seasons.

Here is a look at the strikers signed by Tottenham over the last few seasons...

  • 2013: Roberto Soldado
  • 2012: Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 2011: Louis Saha
  • 2011: Souleymane Coulibaly
  • 2009: Peter Crouch
  • 2008: Jermain Defoe

So you have to go back to 2009 to the last time Tottenham bought a striker who made a positive impact at the club, and 2008 for a real fan favourite.

Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch playing for Tottenham in 2010Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch playing for Tottenham in 2010

It is testament to the management of the various managers since 2009 that they have got to this point in 2016 where they are the third best side in England based on last season, and in the Champions League.

Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino deserve the primary credit for this, but after taking plenty of flak over the past five or six seasons for not buying quality strikers, chairman Daniel Levy deserves his due.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel LevyTottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Now Vincent Janssen simply needs to go on and prove he was worth the investment and is a perfect fit, a task Roberto Soldado was not capable of. 

For Tottenham the signing of Janssen is momentous, and he can go on to ensure they qualify for the Champions League once again and challenge for the title, he will be deemed an instant success.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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