Georges-Kevin Nkoudou produced a few flashes of game-changing quality in Tottenham Hotspur colours.
There was that glorious last-minute cross to set up Harry Winks’ winner at Fulham in January. And, just weeks ago, the former Marseille winger provided a similarly inch-perfect cross against the giants of Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup.
But with just 10 Premier League appearances and no goals in three seasons in North London, one assist every few months was never going to save Nkoudou’s Tottenham career.
According to L’Equipe, one of the most underwhelming signings in Spurs’ recent history is on his way to Besiktas for around £4 million. For what it’s worth, it took Tottenham almost £11 million to convince Marseille to let him move across the channel after a prolonged transfer saga in 2016 (The Guardian).
And for every Spurs fan who is happy to see another misfit forgotten man pushed out the door after the departures of Vincent Janssen and Josh Onomah, others are at pains to point out that Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t exactly have tonnes of options in the final third.
Nkoudou is an old-school, chalk-booted winger with a wicked cross in the locker. He offers something different to the jinking tenacity of Erik Lamela and the roaming mavericks Heung Min-Son and Lucas Moura.
Instead, his Tottenham career is coming to an end with an overriding feeling that it was a nothing more than a colossal waste of time.
SIUUUUUUU FINALLY— ☀️ sonaldo ☀️ (@SonTwoThree) August 21, 2019
Name a better duo than Spurs and offloading fringe players to Turkey— ⚡ (@SamTHFC90) August 21, 2019
Noooooooo!!! This was going to be his year. Certain of it...— Richard A. (@radinolfi78) August 21, 2019
Best business Levy has ever done if he gets £5m and gets this guy away from us— Zigzag (@Zigzag73) August 21, 2019
Levy is a genius.— Pete (@G_Fro) August 21, 2019
When our side is severely lacking pace and urgency, this is a sad thing to read.— Dude With Attitude (@zerofaqsgiven) August 21, 2019
bad bad decision— Jack Ndombele Giovani Sessegnon (@theofficialyani) August 21, 2019
Strangely disappointed by this— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) August 21, 2019
Seems low. That pre season assist was excellent. Shame he couldn't intigrate into the team.— James (@jamesdf5) August 21, 2019
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