COMMENT by Dominic Toner
Tottenham can call on two new faces after completing the deadline-day signings of winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and goalkeeper Pau Lopez.
Both deals were finalised on Wednesday, announced on the club’s official website, to increase the number of new signings at Spurs this summer to four, following the earlier window captures of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen.
Of the four new men, only two are likely to start the club’s first match after the international break against Stoke in the Premier League.
Lopez is unlikely to challenge current number one Hugo Lloris and his deputy Michel Vorm after signing from Espanyol.
Lopez made 38 appearances for the La Liga club in all competitions last term, as he conceded 74 goals, which included seven clean sheets.
The youngster is not accustomed to spending time on the bench but it may take time for him to break into Spurs’ side, although with the club competition in Europe as well as domestic cups he may be relied upon by Pochettino.
Spurs have arguably the most settled back four in the Premier League and boasted the joint best defensive record in the league last season, connecting just 35 goals in 38 matches.
Midfield pairing Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier have provided the screen in front of the defence at the start of the season, but the return of Mousa Dembele from suspension could see one of them drop to the bench.
If youngster N’Koudou is to feature in Pochettino’s starting XI it is likely to be at the expense of Erik Lamela, who has started the season with a goal and an assist already this campaign.
The winger signing predominately operates from the right-flank and his pace could be a useful asset to the Spurs attack.
N’Koudou joined Marseille from Nantes during last summer and the winger proved to be one of the signings of the Ligue 1 campaign, scoring 10 goals and providing 5 assists in 41 matches in all competitions.
The winger’s exploits were all the more impressive due to the fact that he was playing for a struggling Marseille side.
Although Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have not reached their form from last season they are considered senior players in the team.
Spearheading the attack Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen are the only two senior strikers in the squad, and the Englishman is still the preferred choice up front.
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