Will the Georges N'Koudou transfer saga have been worth it for Spurs?
This transfer has been one of the sagas of the summer, but the Daily Mail report that Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s £10 million move to Tottenham is back on. This is due to Clinton Njie finally agreeing to move to Marseille as part of the deal.
Where would he fit in at White Hart Lane?
Tottenham haven’t done a great deal of business, but they have been looking for attacking reinforcements all summer. They lack options on the wing and N’Koudou will be brought in to offer competition. The player who is going the other way; Clinton Njie, failed to make an impact after being signed last summer, but the club have greater hopes for N’Koudou. He would have a part to play this term, especially given the increased demand on resources resulting from Champions League participation.
The squad being assembled at Tottenham is young and hungry, two traits that N’Koudou possesses, which make it look like a good fit. He is more developed than Njie and has previously shown that he is able to make an immediate impact after a transfer. Last summer, he joined Marseille from Nantes and showed maturity to perform immediately.
Is he worth it?
The rumoured fee of £10 million looks high after Marseille signed him for significantly less this time last year. Spurs supporters are concerned that he will be another Clinton Njie and that the club are wasting their money. He is still raw and needs to become better in possession. His close control often lets him down for Marseille and he was dispossessed frequently (average of three times per game).
Although he isn’t the finished article, he is a huge talent and would add a lot to the Tottenham squad. N’Koudou is an exciting player who looks to run with the ball and has the skill to beat defenders. In fact, only six players averaged more successful dribbles per game than the Marseille winger (2.3) last season. N’Koudou’s pace is dangerous on the counter attack, while his work rate will suit Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.
How likely is it?
This looks to be a deal that will be done by the deadline as there have been talks between the two clubs all summer and the winger has even been training with Tottenham. The final sticking point was that Njie was holding out for a loan to Lyon, but he has now given in and will move to Marseille.
Rating: Very Likely
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