'I want to move on' - N'Koudou makes revelation after nightmare Tottenham campaign
By Harry Sykes
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has revealed to L’Equipe he has no regrets about quitting Marseille for Tottenham.
The French winger, 22, admitted his debut campaign has not gone as well as he had hoped since joining from Marseille for £10million last summer.
This has prompted widespread speculation that N’Koudou will be offloaded by Spurs during the forthcoming summer transfer window.
But the wide player, who has been capped six times by France at Under-21s level, believes he has now settled in north London and is not pining for a return to Marseille.
“I’m not someone who has regrets,” N’Koudou told L’Equipe. “Marseille is the club of my heart. I watch the matches, I keep in touch with the fans, the players. But I want to move on. It’s no use looking behind.”
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N’Koudou joined Spurs on deadline day last summer from Marseille after a drawn-out transfer saga that had carried on for months.
He had been a mainstay of the French club last season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions, but has struggled to win a regular place in the starting side at White Hart Lane.
N’Koudou is yet to be handed a Premier League start and has made just 15 appearances in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, 13 as a substitute.
The player recognised that he had taken a long time to get used to the fierce work ethic that manager Pochettino demands of his players.
“I was the problem,” the 22-year-old L’Equipe. “Of course it was difficult not to play, especially for someone like me who loves football, but there comes a time when you need to stop making excuses. I spoke about it with my family. I learnt what I was missing. I wasn’t strong enough mentally.
“I was nearly like a child, in a cocoon. I had it easy. I found a lot of answers here, especially thanks to Mousa Dembele, who told me: ‘You have the talent, you have everything, but you need to work hard here’.
“When I dribble past someone, he didn’t cheer, but when I pressed hard, he would tell me ‘That’s it, that’s good!’
“And when the best player you’ve played with, a guy who has everything, both feet, the physicality, the technique, tells you that, you listen.”
N’Koudou was an unused substitute on Friday night as Spurs’ title challenge suffered a potentially fatal blow with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham.
Leaders Chelsea will secure the Premier League title if they win two of their remaining four matches.