Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has given an honest assessment on attacker Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, which should tip the player into forcing his exit in January.
The French winger is yet to be involved in an 18-man squad for Spurs this season and that is despite a host of bad luck with injuries to key first teamers.
He is completely on the fringes of the North London club and his loan spell at Burnley last season has done nothing to help his chances.
Pochettino was asked about N’Koudou in his press conference ahead of Spurs’ match at the weekend against Cardiff, where he responded by explaining he is simply preferring others over him.
“Look, it’s not easy when you have 25 players. Nearly all the players play,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Football.London.
“Maybe for him it’s a struggle to take the opportunity for different reasons, maybe perhaps because I prefer to play with another player and not that he’s good or not good. But it’s because I decide to play with different players than him.”
Pochettino’s comments suggested there was no light at the end of the tunnel for the wide man when it comes to future chances and that should trigger his departure at the first available chance.
N’Koudou should be desperate to leave Spurs for regular football in January, whether that be on loan or on a permanent basis.
The 23-year-old isn’t good enough to break into the senior squad as it stands, but at his age could still go reinvent himself elsewhere and previously made a name for himself in Ligue 1 with Marseille.
He is a speed machine with great potential and needs to find somewhere he can play on a weekly basis to improve those core skills.