N’Koudou sends Tottenham message to Pochettino
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham youngster Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has stated that he is always ready for when manager Mauricio Pochettino needs him.
The 22-year-old has been on the fringes of the Spurs squad this season following his £9million arrival from Marseille in the summer transfer window.
The French winger is blessed with phenomenal pace, but is yet to make an impact at White Hart Lane.
He has made just 15 appearances across all competitions this campaign and is yet to complete 90 minutes.
Pochettino did give N’Koudou a quick run out on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea as he came on in the 80th minute.
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The attacker insists that that he is continuing to improve off the pitch and is prepared whenever Pochettino calls him up.
“For me, I learn every day on the training ground in the week and when I play on the pitch,” N’Koudou said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “I am always ready when the manager calls me onto the pitch and I try to learn together with the big players that we have.
“This game was very important for me to see the big players in the same place in a big game and I try to learn as much as I can from them.”
N’Koudou has been unable to force his way into the side, despite the lengthily injury absence of Erik Lamela.
Spurs attackers Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son have been the main options for Pochettino this season.
N’Koudou is still without his first goal for the club, but has shown glimpses of quality from the bench.
He scored 10 goals in 41 appearances for Marseille last season and seems persistent on replicating that in English football.
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