Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has some growing up to do.
N’Koudou, 22, has endured a tough time since joining Spurs in 2016, making just 21 appearances across all competitions with most of them coming off the bench.
He has played just four times this term but will be adding to that on Wednesday night when Spurs round off their Champions League group stage campaign against APOEL Nicosia at Wembley.
Pochettino has been indirectly quoted by football.london reporter Alasdair Gold on his personal Twitter account as confirming that the former France youth international will get a chance to “prove himself” against the Cypriot side this week, but Pochettino has issued a brutal reminder that the player still needs to “grow up”.
Just asked Poch about Marcus Edwards. He said he's not at the level they want yet. Said Sterling and Amos have earned their chance. I asked about Nkoudou. He said he'll get a chance to prove himself tomorrow. Said he, like others, needed to "grow up". https://t.co/EP2uTqQ1Lk
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) December 5, 2017
N’Koudou arrived in North London from Marseille last summer but has never really got a run of first-team football, sitting in the fringes of Pochettino’s squad.
He has been sidelined through injury this term, but since recovering he has still failed to impress the Tottenham manager enough to warrant more than just one minute worth of Premier League football all season.
Spurs’ Champions League fixture against APOEL this week is effectively a dead-rubber one as far as the London club are concerned but the Cyprus title-holders will know that a win is likely to secure them a spot in the Europa League knock-out rounds after Christmas.
Tottenham are assured of top spot, but if Borussia Dortmund lose to Real Madrid in the other Group H game on Wednesday, a draw will be enough for APOEL to finish in a shock third place.
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