By Tony Hughes
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou hailed a “terrific team performance” on Twitter after Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0 in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side convincingly beat the title favourites and league leaders at White Hart Lane on Sunday to deliver a huge statement in the title race.
A Dele Alli strike and an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal enabled Spurs to brush off a second-half controversy in which Erik Lamela missed a penalty after clashing with Heung-Son Min over who should take it.
N’Koudou made his fourth consecutive substitute appearance for Tottenham as he replaced matchwinner Alli after 86 minutes of the clash.
The summer signing from Marseille revealed afterwards that it had been a “great win” for his side and was “happy” to get some more minutes under his belt.
The atmosphere today ? great win and terrific team performance congrats to the lads ? happy to get a couple minutes too ? #COYS
— GK NKoudou (@gknkoudou) October 2, 2016
But Pochettino is set to keep N’Koudou waiting for his first Tottenham start after his protracted summer move from Ligue 1 left him without much of a pre-season.
“He’s not 100 per cent at the level we want him,” Pochettino said last Friday, as quoted by the Hertfordshire Mercury. “He’s very young and he needs to work a lot to arrive at his best.”
“It’s true that for the way we want to use him now, it’s perfect for him to be on the bench and make an impact as he did against CSKA [Moscow in the Champions League].”
Meanwhile, broadcaster and former Spurs striker Gary Lineker revealed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that Tottenham were his “tip for the Premier League title”, although he conceded that it was “a little early to feel smug” about his choice.
Spurs lead although it might still be a little early to feel smug about my tip for the @premierleague title.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 2, 2016
Spurs’ win over City lifted them back to second in the Premier League and enable them to reduce the gap to the pacesetters to a single point.
Pochettino’s youthful team are now the only unbeaten side in the English top flight after accumulating 17 points from their opening seven league matches.
In other Tottenham news, this Spurs duo have been involved in a bust-up.