Rafael van der Vaart offers his opinion on Tottenham's new signing Vincent Janssen

Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael Van der Vaart on the bench

Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart has backed the club's move for Vincent Janssen.

Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael Van der Vaart on the benchRafael van der Vaart at Tottenham

Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart has told the club's official website that he thinks Vincent Janssen could be a great signing for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Last week, Spurs swooped to confirm the signing of striker Janssen after a stunning season with AZ Alkmaar, with the Dutchman penning a four-year deal at White Hart Lane.

Netherland's Vincent Janssen celebrates.

Janssen, 22, only signed for AZ from Almere City last summer, and whilst he had a slow start to life in the Eredivisie with no goals in his first seven league games, he finished as the division's top goalscorer last term with 27 goals.

Add in another two goals in other competitions and three goals in five games for the Netherlands national team, and it's clear that Janssen is a born goalscorer - and now, he'll be hoping to continue his recent success in North London having joined Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart during the match

Janssen has been brought in to provide cover and competition for leading goalscorer Harry Kane, and is Tottenham's second summer signing after the arrival of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Janssen is far from the first Dutch player to have played for Spurs, as he'll follow in the footsteps of Michel Vorm, Hans Segers, Johnny Metgod and Edgar Davids, as well as Rafael van der Vaart.

Former Spurs playmaker Van der Vaart enjoyed a superb spell with the club, hitting 28 goals in 78 games for Tottenham following a shock 2010 move from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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

Van der Vaart, now 33 and currently playing in Spain with Real Betis, has been asked for his opinion on compatriot Janssen and his move to White Hart Lane - and gave a glowing reference to the club's official website.

Fan favourite Van der Vaart suggested that Janssen is a 'great striker', and told him that hard work will pay off for him at Tottenham, whilst suggesting it's also a great move for the striker himself.

"In my opinion Tottenham have signed a great striker," said Van der Vaart. "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," he added.

Do you think Janssen will be as popular as Van der Vaart was at White Hart Lane?

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