Would Clinton N'jie be a better signing for Tottenham than Saido Berahino?

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Lyon youngster Clinton N'jie is a reported target for Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Le Parisien, Tottenham Hotspur have had a £7 million bid rejected for Lyon forward Clinton N’Jie.

The 21-year-old is seen as an alternative target to West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino, for whom the Lilywhites could be forced to pay over the odds.

After being rebuffed by Lyon, Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino will now have to weigh up whether to make a second offer for N'Jie.

Latest reports suggests that the Ligue 1 outfit are demanding double for a player who is deemed one of the most promising youngsters in France, while L’Equipe claims that if Pochettino were to bid £10.5 million, Lyon would be hard pressed to turn him down.

It remains to be seen whether the the Cameroonian prospect is a capable alternative to Berahino and therefore a suitable signing for the Argentine head coach. 

Amid speculation, HITC Sport have crunched the numbers for the White Hart Lane outfit, in order to answer that very question:

Berahino marginally outperformed the Lyon man in terms of his goal output. Having averaged 0.43 goals per ninety-minutes to N'Jie's 0.41.

However, the West Brom striker proved considerably less accurate, hitting the target from just 54% of his attempts, while his counterpart recorded a clinical hit-rate of just 73%.

The Cameroonian was also superior creatively. Not only did he fashion more chances per game (1.48 to 0.86), he also played more key passes (1.06 to 0.83).

The Lyon player is also more prolific when it comes to taking on an opponent, having found success in 2.24 take ons per ninety-minutes, compared to 0.8 managed by Berahino. 

The Albion striker completed an average of 19.82 successful passes per game in the Premier League last season, compared to 19.72 managed by N'Jie in the French top flight - a minor difference.

However, in terms of overall pass completion the former sees greater success, having averaged a success rate of 83%, to N'Jie's 78%.

In the majority of the areas assessed, Clinton N'Jie holds his own and, in some cases, emerges superior over Saido Berahino.

The one question that continues to surround the player, is whether he can show the same form in the Premier League - where the English game poses very different challenges. 

Several former Ligue 1 strikers have shown great success when moving across the channel - the likes of Loic Remy and Olivier Giroud are among the obvious examples - and N'Jie could join a long line of players who have made the transition to good effect. 

For less than £15 million - a cut of the price the club would have to pay for Saido Berahino - the Cameroonian could prove a very astute signing for the Lilywhites.

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