Sky Sources have confirmed Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has undergone a medical ahead of a £10.8million move to Tottenham and should he arrive, it is likely someone will be heading the other way. Reports in France say the man to leave is already on his way out..
According to RMC in France, Clinton N’Jie is set to join Marseille on loan just 12 months after joining Tottenham for £8.3million. The 22-year-old is a talent, but he has struggled to make his mark in the first team in recent weeks and now with N’Koudou arriving, another young winger, N’Jie is unlikely to get many first team minutes. There had been rumours that Nacer Chaldi could be the one to make way as he has been linked with a move to Swansea, but now it seems Mauricio Pocchettino is keen to keep hold of the Belgian international.
N’Jie didn’t manage even one Premier League start last season and only came off the bench 8 times. Overall he played just 185 minutes and although that isn’t a lot of time to make his impact, he did struggle to do anything of note. You’ve also got to remember that Pocchettino had been working and training with him on a daily basis and obviously didn’t feel that the player warranted more game time.
The decision to loan N’Jie rather than sell shows that Tottenham still retain hope that he will realise the potential they saw in him when they spent £8million on him last summer.
N’Koudou, despite playing in a less competitive league, impressed last season. Despite his age, he was a regular in Marseille line-up, mainly playing on the left wing. In 22 starts and 6 sub appearances, N’Koudou netted 5 league goals and notched up a respectable 3 assists. His dribbling is noted as a real strength and that will help as Tottenham search for more attacking diversity.
Overall it is hard to tell whether or not N’Koudou will be much on an improvement on N’Jie, but with the former Lyon man struggling to settle, a temporary spell back in France may be the best route forward for the versatile attacker.
Both players are versatile and can play across the front three, but of course something Spurs will lose in letting N’Jie go is another central striking option. However the addition of Vincent Janssen, who has already signed for the club means that Pocchettino now has two natural central forward in Harry Kane and Janssen.
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