Why Clinton N'Jie must start for Tottenham against Monaco

Thursday's Europa League clash is the perfect occasion for the flying winger to announce himself.

The summer capture of Clinton N’Jie flew slightly under the radar due, at first, to injury delaying his debut and then the marquee capture of Heung-Min Son.

The former Lyon man has so far made four cameo appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, with his latest against Manchester City being by far the most impressive.

His first real involvement saw the Cameroonian receive the ball on the halfway line with Kolarov at his back, before spinning away beautifully and sending in an inch-perfect ball to Erik Lamela for the fourth goal.

Pace was N’Jie’s primary selling point but his dribbling technique and weight of pass suggests a player far more accomplished than has been given credit for.

Despite the promising signs, a start is needed to fully assess what the attacker will bring to Mauricio Pochettino’s team, and Thursday’s Europa League clash with Monaco is the perfect occasion to grant him one.

The likes of Harry Kane, Son and Lamela could all be rested after their exertions against City and a return to France against familiar opposition is the perfect time to fully introduce N’Jie to the Spurs faithful.

The 22-year old managed seven goals in his 15 Ligue 1 starts last season – an impressive tally considering his wide position – and will be confident of bagging his first for Spurs against a weakened Monaco side.

Leonardo Jardim's team have endured a tough summer and are now without the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Aymen Abdennour, meaning little can be gauged from their impressive Champions League performances last season.

Spurs will head to France confident of securing their second group stage win and the inclusion of Clinton N’Jie could be key to ensuring that happens.

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