Burnley manager Sean Dyche has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will make his debut in this Saturday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.
The Clarets have signed Nkoudou on loan for the rest of the season, and Dyche told his press conference on Thursday that the French winger is champing at the bit after finding opportunities hard to come by at Spurs.
Nkoudou has only made three starts for Tottenham since joining for Marseille in the summer of 2016, none of which have been in the league, but seems poised to be more involved at Turf Moor, judging by Dyche’s comments.
"He has been bright in training. He has a thirst for it, because he has waited a long time,” he is quoted by Football London as saying.
"He has had moments at Tottenham but they have a deep squad and some fine players. So I think he has had to wait his time and earn his chance, that hasn’t come round.
"We have known about him for a little while. We wanted to see how close to our team he’d be. He has got a chance and will make a decision whether we think he should start, or start on the bench. But he will be involved."
While Nkoudou will be relieved to finally get some playing time, his spell at Burnley is going to be sink or swim for his Tottenham career after he failed to make an impression on Mauricio Pochettino over 18 months in North London.
If Pochettino is unimpressed with his performances for the Clarets, who are winless in six matches so are in need of some fresh impetus from their new man, the 22-year-old faces being ousted permanently by Spurs in the summer.