Tottenham Hotspur should look to add further quality in wide attacking areas, whether or not they manage to complete a deal for N'Koudou.
Tottenham's interest in signing N'Koudou has reportedly been reignited
Reports emerged yesterday that Tottenham's move for Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou could be back on, with Sky Sports reporting that the potential transfer has been resurrected after sources close to the player claimed the two clubs are close to striking a deal.
In addition to that, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the press yesterday and outlined his desire to bring in three more signings before the transfer window closes at the end of August (Sky Sports).
The North London outfit will face competition of the highest level during the 2016-17 campaign and it is vital that Pochettino strengthens his options in forward areas in order for his side to be readily equipped to deal with the challenges ahead of them.
A fantastic option for Tottenham would be Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.
Karim Bellarabi in action for Germany
The 26-year-old winger has 10 caps for the German national team, which is no small feat considering the quality that manager Joachim Löw has at his disposal.
Whilst Spurs have a fantastic group of young, energetic players, it could be argued that they lack a certain level of experience in forward areas, and Bellarabi could be the perfect addition to help solve that issue.
His five-year spell at Leverkusen, playing at the top level in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, has helped develop him into a first-class performer both mentally and physically.
Although Erik Lamela has improved vastly under Pochettino, the strength-in-depth amongst Spurs attacking wide options is questionable, with Son Heung-min failing to make the impact expected of him and Nacer Chadli heavily linked with an exit after Spurs reportedly made him available for transfer (Daily Mail).
Bayer Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi
Bellarabi is an incredibly talented footballer and is one of the best dribblers in the game. He possesses blistering pace in short bursts, and this combined with his ability to run with the ball seemingly stuck to his feet makes him a nightmare to defend against.
He has a certain level of guile and ingenuity that could make the difference for Spurs in big Premier League games or towards the latter stages of the Champions League when something extra other than teamwork and unity is required to progress.
Whether or not Tottenham manage to finalise the deal for N'Koudou, they should still look to Leverkusen's master dribbler to give them that X-factor, and should a move come to fruition, they would be in a much stronger position to challenge on all fronts.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should look to strengthen his attacking options further