Georges-Kevin N'Koudou must follow Clinton N'Jie to salvage Tottenham Hotspur career

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates victory after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Former Spurs winger Clinton N'Jie has shone since returning to France with Marseille - N'Koudou will hope to do the same.

Clinton N'jie of Spurs reacts after being fouled by Jeremy Toulalan of Monaco during the UEFA Europa League Group J match between Tottenham Hotspur and AS Monaco at White Hart Lane on...

It is easy to portray Clinton N’Jie as a flop at Tottenham Hotspur. But did the £12 million Cameroonian speedster (The Mirror) really get the opportunity he deserved?

N’Jie did not start a single Premier League game, after all, and his eight substitute appearances only amounted to 185 minutes on the pitch. After signing from Lyon in the summer of 2015, the young attacker needed far more time to adapt to a new league but manager Mauricio Pochettino seemed to give up hope almost immediately.

And the same fate has befallen another talented winger arriving in North London from France. Spurs were desperate to complete the signing of Marseille’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and finally got the £9.4 million deal done late last summer – 40 days after he had passed his medical, per The Guardian.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou #14 of Tottenham Hotspur takes a shot in the second half against Roma during the International Champions Cup on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull Arena  in Harrison, New...

The wait, however, has been far from worth it so far. Like N’Jie, N’Koudou has made just eight substitute appearances in the Premier League - tallying just 49 minutes of action.

Ligue 1 lifeline

French publication Foot-Sur-7 is now claiming that Nantes are looking to take advantage of his struggles and bring the attacker back to the club where he made his name before earning a move to Marseille.

And N’Koudou will be hoping that a return to France with Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes will get his career back on track - it certainly had a positive effect on N’Jie.

Olympique de Marseille's Cameroonian forward Clinton Njie jubilates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Marseille on September 17, 2017 at the Licorne...

After a loan spell at Marseille last season, N’Jie made his transfer permanent in the summer and has not looked back. With five goals in five games, he is in the form of his life right now and is outshining Dimitri Payet, Valere Germain and co at the Stade Velodrome.

Perhaps the only way Nkoudou can save his Spurs career is to embark on a similar resurgence across The Channel - if it starts with an impressive loan spell there could be hope for him yet in London.


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