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Vincent knows his history...

13 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Vincent Janssen is following in the footsteps of Dutch masters at Spurs.

The striker completed his transfer from AZ Alkmaar - subject to international clearance - on Tuesday.

Asked ahead of his first interview if he knew the last two Dutch players to play for us before Michel Vorm's arrival, he immediately reeled off the answer.

"Rafa van der Vaart and Edgar Davids," he said without hesitation.

Was there pressure to follow such a famous pair of Dutch players - with 183 caps between them?

"Maybe there is a little pressure, yes," smiled Vincent. "They are really good players who did well here and also for the Dutch team.

"Now I’m looking forward to being the next Dutch player here."

Dutch links

Vincent Janssen is set to become the seventh Dutch player to pull on our famous white shirt in league football.

Vincent, 22, scored 27 goals to top the goalscoring charts in the Eredivisie last season and capped a season to remember by scoring on his full international debut against England in March. He now has three goals in his five caps.

Johnny Metgod played 14 times for us in the 1987-88 season after joining us from Forest and Hans Segers made two appearances in 1998 and was part of our coaching staff until 2007.

Willem Korsten joined us from Vitesse Arnhem in 1999 and made 27 appearances before injury forced him to retire in 2001.

Below: Rafa van der Vaart and Edgar Davids


Edgar Davids was the first Dutch player to gain a cap on our books after coming off the bench against Macedonia in 2005. That was his 74th and last international cap. The midfielder joined us from Inter Milan in August, 2005 and made 44 appearances before moving back to Ajax in January, 2007.

Rafael van der Vaart was snapped up from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day in August, 2010. A real fans’ favourite, Rafa scored 28 goals in 77 appearances before leaving for Hamburg in 2012.

Michel Vorm joined us from Swansea in the summer of 2014. Capped 15 times by Holland, Michel has made 20 appearances in all competitions to date.

Not forgetting

We should also mention Geert Van Driel, who was the first Dutch player on our books all the way back in 1914. He is credited with being the first Dutch professional footballer and won titles with Sparta Rotterdam in 1912 and 1913. He found employment at the local J.A.P motor works during the First World War and continued to turn out for us until February, 1919. He played under the pseudonyms ‘Smith’ and ‘Lindsay’ and made 24 appearances during the Football League’s break for the war years (1915 until 1919-20).