Georges N'Koudou must be given Tottenham chance

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match...

The Tottenham youngster has been made to wait for first-team opportunities.

Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (L) has an unsuccessful shot during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Tottenham Hotspur and CSKA Moscow...

Mauricio Pochettino has been applauded for his efforts in keeping the Tottenham Hotspur squad's morale at a high level since taking over in the summer of 2014, and Wednesday night is another example to boost that chemistry.

The north Londoners face APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League at Wembley, after already qualifying in first position in Group H ahead of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and indeed the Cypriot champions.

With the result of Wednesday night's clash not affecting the ultimate outcome of Group H, even a heavy loss will see Spurs progress into the last 16 of the Champions League after Christmas.

That should see under-fire boss Pochettino use Spurs' dead-rubber to hand a number of fringe players the chance to shine ahead of the busy Christmas period, and indeed with the January transfer window less than a month away.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage...

The likes of Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters are all expected to start, but will Pochettino hand speed machine Georges N'Koudou just his 22nd senior Spurs appearance?

The 22-year-old has hardly featured for Spurs since joining the club from Marseille in the summer of 2016, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Son Heung-Min, Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen ahead of him in the pecking order.

It has seen Pochettino use use N'Koudou just four times this season, racking up 45 minutes of game time in four substitute appearances with two of those outings coming in the Carabao Cup.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou of Tottenham Hotspur helps Harry Kane of Tottenham to his feet during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Wembley...

With the January transfer window looming, Pochettino must now start N'Koudou to give him a chance to show possible suitors what he can do.

Giving him game time, and his fifth Champions League appearance, will remind interested sides of his quality and strengthen the possibility of a loan move in a month's time. Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website in August that N'Koudou was interesting Serie A side Hellas Verona.

If N'Koudou can impress against APOEL with his speed on the flanks, close control and tricks up his sleeve, he can boost his chances of first-team football by encouraging European sides to sign him.

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