By Alex Taylor
New Tottenham signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has claimed he was born with natural explosiveness and speed after his deadline-day move to Spurs.
Nkoudou, 21, completed his protracted switch to White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening and signed a five-year contract with the north London outfit.
The former Marseille winger had been linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side for much of this summer’s transfer window and will add a different dimension to his new manager’s attacking options this season.
“When I enter the pitch I just want to play well, put on a good performance, listen to what people can teach me and show my strengths within the team in order to get better,” Nkoudou told the Tottenham website.
“I was born that way – I’ve always had my explosiveness and speed, I’ve kept these qualities and I can’t wait to show them on the pitch. I don’t know how I got them but I intend to use them as best I can!”
Pochettino only has forwards Harry Kane and fellow newcomer Vincent Janssen as senior striker options in his current squad.
The signing of Nkoudou should help lighten the duo’s goal scoring burden as Tottenham prepare for a greater workload this term after qualifying for the Champions League.
N’Koudou joined Marseille from Nantes last summer and the winger scored 10 goals and provided 5 assists in 41 matches in all competitions last season, in what represented an impressive return in a struggling Marseille side.
The midfielder will now battle with his new team-mates Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son for an attacking position in the first team.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Wolfsburg will return to sign Spurs attacking midfielder Heung-Min Son in January, according to a report.