Josh Maja's comments suggest Tottenham never had a chance

Tottenham manager \ head coach Mauricio Pochettino during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on...

Spurs were reportedly keen to bring Josh Maja to the Premier League before he left Sunderland for Ligue 1 with Bordeaux.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux's newly recruited player, English forward Josh Maja poses with his new jersey during his official presentation on January 28, 2019 at the Haillan training centre...

Josh Maja has spoken to AFP this week to explain why he decided to leave Sunderland for Bordeaux in January despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

The striker scored 16 goals in the first half of the season for The Black Cats but, with his contract due to expire in the summer and with the youngster having rejected a new deal, they had little choice but to sell when Bordeaux came in with an offer of £3.5 million.

 

But why hid the homegrown talent choose to continue his career across The Channel?

"I just felt I’d get more opportunities abroad, so that was the main reason I left and I thought in France, at Bordeaux, I’d get an opportunity to make a name for myself and go from there,” Maja said.

Josh Maja of Sunderland celebrates scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Barnsley at Stadium of Light on November 27, 2018 in Sunderland,...

At the age of 20, Maja needs first-team football to hone his talents and maybe this is why a move Tottenham, where he would have found himself stuck on the bench or even in the reserves with Harry Kane clearly established as the club’s first-choice, was always unlikely.

The Express reported in January that Maja was a target but while Mauricio Pochettino has a fine record when it comes to aiding young players, there are plenty of examples of promising talents moving to a Premier League club and seeing their development stall.

Maybe this is what Maja was worried about. If he wants to play regularly, Tottenham would not have been the right move at this stage of his career.

Ironically enough, however, Maja has started life at Bordeaux out of the starting XI.

Josh Maja of Sunderland celebrates after he scores his teams first goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town at Stadium of Light on December 29, 2018...

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