By Danny Wright
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned Georges-Kevin N’Koudou about his future chances in the first-team after failing to impress him in previous chances.
N’Koudou, 22, signed for Spurs last summer but has never really made an impact on the senior team, having played just 21 times across all competitions with most of them coming off the bench as a substitute.
The former France Under-21 international has found himself cast to the fringes of the squad as a result and Pochettino has made it clear that is unlikely to change any time soon unless he starts applying himself more.
“With GK we are waiting for him still. He is not… you know today he is not showing this condition to play,” he said, as quoted by Football.London, ahead of Saturday’s game against West Brom.
“He needs to show more. But you know if a player is not involved too much it’s because we believe that they need to show more to deserve to play.”
N’Koudou has played just four times this season and hasn’t once been named in the starting line-up.
Pochettino seldom uses wingers like the ex-Marseille ace in his tactics, with more narrow attacking midfielders like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen being first choice.
Heung-min Son and long-term absentee Erik Lamela are perhaps the only other reasonable options on the wings should Pochettino ever decide to err away from deploying wing-backs.
Unless the Argentine manager decides to change his approach, which seems very unlikely, it seems that N’Koudou may continue to sit on the sidelines.
Tottenham’s next game is against West Brom at Wembley on Saturday as they return to Premier League action following the Champions League win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.