Netherlands manager Danny Blind has defended Vincent Janssen after the player came in for recent criticism. Janssen signed for Tottenham from AZ in the summer, but this week he’s received flak from former Chelsea players Tony Cascarino and Damien Duff.

Voetbal International have reported on Blind’s comments made in his press conference today when he was asked about Janssen’s selection. The Netherlands boss said the forward has made a huge move in his career by signing for Tottenham, and has found the North London club different to AZ.

Blind believes you can’t judge Janssen on the handful of games he’s played in the Premier League, and has selected him for the national team because of his importance.

“Someone who makes such a big step. Of course, he’s played less than eight or nine games, and he does not play as much because the competition is different than at AZ. But we can’t say he is not a great striker for Holland. With us he scored and he was important. I am coach of the Oranje and I call him up,” said Blind on the Tottenham star.

Janssen was one of Tottenham’s major signings in the last transfer window when he joined the club for £17m. However, despite some decent performances since his arrival the 22-year-old was always going to be judged on goals, which stands at just two for the season.