Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says that the North London club could sign as many as three more players before the transfer window shuts in just under two weeks’ time.
With one of those players reported to be Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, according to the likes of Sky Sports, we take a closer look at the young French winger, and why exactly he’s been attracting some serious attention.
Born in Versailles on the outskirts of Paris, N’Koudou progressed through various youth academies – including Petit Anges and Paris Saint-Germain – before eventually moving on to Nantes in 2011 aged 16.
After impressing in Nantes’ various youth sides, N’Koudou made his Ligue 1 debut for the club in the opening game of the 2013/2014 season against SC Bastia, aged just 18.
Going on to make eight appearances in all competitions in his debut season – followed by a further 32 the next season – N’Koudou quickly established himself as one of the club’s first choice wingers, and one of the league’s most promising prospects.
N’Koudou’s performances for Nantes quickly attracted the attention of several major European teams, with the young winger eventually signing for domestic giants Marseille in June of 2015.
Initially brought in as a hot prospect for the coming years, N’Koudou was brought into the first team following the departure of fellow attacker Dimitri Payet to English side West Ham.
The pacey young winger took full advantage of the situation, ultimately making 41 appearances in all competitions, and scoring a very impressive 10 goals.
A lightning quick winger, capable of playing either flank due to his confidence and ability with both feet, N’Koudou’s main strength is his impressive dribbling ability, allowing him to run directly at defends – and more often than not, get the better of them.
N’Koudou has also established a name for himself as something of a long-shot specialist, having scored a number of outstanding goals – predominantly whilst playing as a right-footed left winger.
Due to his versatility, and undoubted technical ability, N’Koudou would no doubt fit seamlessly into Pochettino plans at Tottenham, and would provide invaluable back up to both Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen.
A lack of top-level fitness may prove one stumbling block for the young winger, but after having already reportedly passed a medical at Tottenham – ahead of a transfer last month which eventually failed to materialise – it would appear the club’s medical staff have no such worries.