By Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is not yet “at the level” needed and will be a regular substitute in the early months of his Tottenham career.
The summer signing from Marseille has made three substitute appearances for Spurs in the last week, in the wins over Gillingham, Middesbrough and CSKA Moscow.
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, as quoted by the Hertfordshire Mercury. “He’s very young and he needs to work a lot to arrive at his best,” said his manager.
“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.”
N’Koudou has showed in flashes that he can make a big impact at White Hart Lane this season after joining in an £11million move from France.
The 22-year-old made his Champions League debut in Spurs’ 1-0 win in Moscow on Tuesday as he replaced the ineffectual Vincent Janssen after 67 minutes of the clash.
The winger revealed afterwards that it had been a “job done” for his side as they earned “three tough points” at a difficult venue.
— GK NKoudou (@gknkoudou) September 27, 2016
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