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'He's grown at Spurs' - the Dutch view of Vincent's display

Posted on 9 October 2016  - 10:45

Vincent Janssen capped a fine performance for Holland with a screamer against Belarus on Friday night. He earned rave reviews for his performance, but what did the Dutch journalists think? We asked Mike Verweij, respected sports writer on the largest Dutch national newspaper De Telegraaf, for his insight from Der Kuip, Rotterdam...

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Mike Verweij, De Telegraaf

mike_verweijAfter international games we have a player report in our newspaper and Vincent, together with Kevin Strootman, the AS Roma player, had the highest notes of all players. Those notes are given by former internationals of the Dutch national team. Kees Kist (a striker who played 21 times for Holland between 1975-1980), who also played for AZ Alkmaar, rewarded him with an eight out of 10.

In his comments, he also mentioned Spurs, because he said everyone in the Feyenoord stadium could see Vincent has grown in London and become a much better player at Spurs, that he's become stronger. He said he was a nightmare for his opponents because even when they were pulling and pushing, he always kept the ball, his team-mates could always reach him and he was always in a good position to get the ball.

Below: De Telegraaf's view on Vincent after his display against Belarus (with thanks to Mike)

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The only problem for Vincent in London is that he's not scoring so much yet. Against Belarus, he was really unlucky with a few chances, he hit the post twice and for one of those, it was an assist for Davy Klaassen for 3-1, an important goal because Belarus scored just after half-time for 2-1 and that might have been dangerous. At 3-1, it was a relief and for Vincent's goal, in Dutch we say it was 'like a bomb' because it exploded into the corner of the goal. He made his own space and it was a perfect shot with his left foot.

Vincent is a good story and because of him, Robin van Persie isn't selected anymore, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, the Schalke striker, he's not selected and we now have Bas Dost of Sporting Lisbon, he's scoring a lot in Portugal but the national coach has a lot of confident in Vincent, and Vincent makes that true.

Below: Vincent's shot flies into the top corner

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The funny thing was, for the first time in four years there was a qualification game in Der Kuip, Rotterdam, because most of the big games are in Amsterdam - we play France there on Monday - and of course, Feyenoord released Vincent and there he was, playing in the stadium where perhaps he should have played a lot more games.

Vincent has been happy with the confidence of the coach and since the England game at Wembley, where he played so well and scored a penalty, he's been striker number one for Holland.