Tottenham have all but secured their third summer signing of the summer, with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou passing a medical at the North London club. After agreeing a fee of around £10.8 million with Marseille for the electric winger earlier in the week, the Frenchman flew to London and completed his medical, leaving just the personal terms to be agreed before the transfer can be confirmed.
Still a raw talent, N’Koudou has been earmarked by Tottenham for his terrifying pace, which is something they currently lack from their attack, and also his determination. His never say die attitude is perfect for Pochettino’s high energy style, and it has also helped him break into both the Nantes and later Marseille teams at a young age.
Spurs are paying for the potential of N’Koudou, but his determination to succeed will mean that he won’t sit idly by on the bench not playing, and will try to improve himself enough to get in the team. For now, the 21-year-old will provide a good option from the bench for Spurs, giving their attack a different dimension to last season as they look to improve on their third place finish.
The move for N’Koudou could set off a train of events at White Hart Lane, the first of which looks to be the departure of Cameroon forward Clinton N’Jie, who will go to Marseille as part of the deal for N’Koudou. N’Jie, 22, failed to get his Tottenham career off the ground after signing last summer from Lyon, making just eight appearances before a knee injury ended his season prematurely in December.
Spurs’ move for N’Koudou has convinced N’Jie that game time will be at a premium this season, and a return to France with Marseille will allow him to reignite his career. A return to form could see him get back in Pochettino’s plans for the 2017/18 season, but it is likely N’Jie may be departing for good.
Another winger who could also be on his way out of the club after N’Koudou’s signing is Belgian winger Nacer Chadli. After an excellent 2014/15 season, Chadli failed to make much of an impact last campaign, slipping down Pochettino’s pecking order as Erik Lamela finally began to live up to his £30 million price tag.
Swansea City are reportedly interested in a £10 million move for Chadli, and are in need of more attacking talent after a lacklustre campaign in front of goal last season. Chadli has been a good player for Spurs over the last three seasons, and would remain a good squad player were he to stay in the squad. But his inconsistencies mean that Pochettino is unlikely to hold out for Chadli to stay, and a transfer is probably the best option for both player and club.