Tottenham warned striker target Krzysztof Piatek could be ‘the second coming of Vincent Janssen’ by European football expert

14 Jan

Tottenham have been warned striker target Krzysztof Piatek may not be cut out for the Premier League, amid reports he is close to a January transfer.

It is claimed Spurs have agreed a £28million deal to sign the Polish frontman from Milan, as cover for talisman Harry Kane who has been ruled out until April at the earliest though injury.

But European football expert Lars Sivertsen believes Piatek could be ‘the second coming of Vincent Janssen’.

Piatek scored 19 goals for Genoa in the first half of last season, then joined Milan in January and netted a further 11 times for his new club
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Kane’s hamstring issue, which has seen him already undergo surgery, has left Jose Mourinho without a senior centre-forward for at least four months.

Spurs appear to have moved quickly – for once – to bring in a striker who is known for his predatory instinct in the box.

Piatek netted 30 goals in all competitions last season, split between Genoa and Milan after joining the Rossoneri last January for £30m.

However, he has only four goals so far this term, and Milan are said to be prepared to let him go after sealing the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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But European expert Sivertsen says it’s a risky signing for Spurs, and he drew comparisons between Piatek and Dutch striker Janssen after his disastrous spell in north London.

Janssen joined Tottenham for £17m on the back of scoring 31 goals in one season for AZ Alkmaar and being named Dutch ‘Talent of the Year’, but he ended up scoring just six goals in 42 appearances for the north Londoners before being offloaded to Mexican side Monterrey last summer.

“The Piatek story is interesting,” Sivertsen said on talkSPORT’s Trans Europe Express.

Vincent Janssen scored only six goals in three years at Tottenham

“He initially went under everyone’s radar and when he turned up at Genoa banging in goals left, right, and centre people were a little bit nonplussed.

“There were probably a lot of scouting departments around Europe who had angry phone calls from their club presidents saying, ‘how did we miss this guy?’

“He was not heralded at all before he started scoring at Genoa, and then he got his big move to Milan and it has not worked out as well.

“But Milan are in a dreadful state as a club and as a team, so you maybe shouldn’t hold that against him completely.

“As a player he’s a bit of an old-fashioned penalty box forward. If you watch his highlights reel you will notice that all of his goals are finishes from within the box; no long shots, none of him dribbling past loads of players…

“But at Genoa when they got him the ball in the box he can produce a number of smart finishes, and maybe the case at Milan has been that he hasn’t got as many chances because they’re a malfunctioning team.

“I do wonder about him going to Tottenham and going to the Premier League, though.

“He had an extraordinary burst of form at Genoa but then moved up a level and has struggled to replicate it.

“If you then move him up another level to Tottenham, I would be very surprised if he responds to that by scoring a bunch of goals.

“I would say the potential for the second coming of Vincent Janssen there is quite high.”

Watch a clip of European football expert Lars Sivertsen on talkSPORT above!

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