This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur linked with a move for French attacker Alassane Plea of Nice. One year ago and Spurs were also being linked with a move for a player at Nice, but on this occasion, it was a younger more unknown player.
As reported by The Sun back in June 2017 the London club spotted the talents of Vincent Marcel whilst checking out Nice right-back Ricardo Pereira, who is now a Leicester City player.
The talented teenager was being compared to Ousmane Dembele because of his pace and raw talent, which obviously had Spurs fans excited.
At the start of the 2017-18 season, the reason why Spurs were keen on Marcel became evidently clear. He scored a great goal as Nice drew with Ajax in a Champions League qualifier and it seemed he was set for a season in the Nice first-team.
Tottenham would have been watching on excitedly. However, this season has not gone the way many thought it would for the talented 21-year-old.
After playing in Nice’s opening two games of the Ligue 1 campaign, both defeats, Marcel disappeared. He did not play another game for Nice all season.
Instead, he played 17 games in National 2, the fourth-tier of French football, with Nice’s reserve team and managed just two goals.
It seems Marcel was simply exhibiting some good form, rather than an indicator of future success. Tottenham are now best off steering clear.