Altidore, Alves, Kezman - A warning for Tottenham Hotspur over Vincent Janssen

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for Netherlands

Many Eredivisie stars have struggled to succeed in the Premier League.

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for the Netherlands from the penalty spot

This week saw Tottenham Hotspur linked with a move for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen.

The rumours came after Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino was spotted attending the international fixture between the Republic of Ireland and Holland.

It immediately led to speculation that he was keeping tabs on Southampton striker Shane Long but it was then reported by Sky Sports that it was in fact Janssen who was the target for Pochettino’s wandering eyes.

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

Now Spurs have been handed a boost if they are indeed interested in signing the player, as AZ appear to have signed a potential replacement.

The Eredivisie striker has scored 27 goals in the league in the 2015-16 season and scored on his international debut for Holland against England recently.

But should Spurs be careful about signing a player with a fine record in the Eredivisie?

Liverpool's Luis Suarez shoots at goal

Several players have done well with such a switch – Ruud van Nistelrooy, Graziano Pelle and Luis Suarez for example.

However, others have failed.

Chelsea's Mateja Kezman celebrates his goalChelsea's Mateja Kezman celebrates his goal

Mateja Kezman arrived at Chelsea on the back of incredible statistics with PSV Eindhoven. He scored 31, 20, 40 and 28 goals in his four respective seasons with the Dutch side but only managed seven for Chelsea before being moved on.

Afonso Alves was another. The Brazilian had scored 48 goals in 48 games for Heerenveen before joining Middlesbrough. His 13 goals in 47 appearances was hardly inspiring.

Middlesbrough's Afonso Alves looks dejected after missing a chance to score

Jozy Altidore is another example. After scoring 51 goals in 93 appearances for AZ he joined Sunderland, but scored just three times in 52 games.

Then of course there is last season’s Eredivisie top-scorer Memphis Depay, who has certainly not had the impact many expected at Manchester United.

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini (R) and Luuk de Jong look dejected at the end of the match

It is not just in England where prolific Dutch league scorers have gone on to struggle. Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason has struggled since leaving sc Heerenveen as did Nikos Machlas at Sevilla. Luuk de Jong flopped in Germany and then at Newcastle United – although has found his feet again back in Dutch football.

Janssen looks like a potential star but the defending in the Eredivisie is certainly not up to Premier League standards and Tottenham are right to be keeping tabs on the player before rushing into any transfer business.

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