Pochettino claims forgotten Tottenham man must bide his time
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Georges-Kevin N’Koudou needs time to get used to the club’s style of football.
The 21-year-old moved to White Hart Lane in the summer from Marseille and is yet to make a serious impact in the first team.
The attacking midfielder has made 10 appearances for Spurs, but has not completed 90 minutes for the club and is yet to start a single game in the Premier League.
Spurs have an extremely competitive squad and N’Koudou is below the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son in the pecking order for a wide position.
Pochettino has claimed that N’Koudou has great potential though and needs to continue to develop with the club.
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“He is very young, he came from Marseille and he had only played for half a season, now, not to play very much,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Hertfordshire Mercury.
“He is very young, he is potentially a good player but you cannot put the responsibility from day one and say ‘come on, you need to perform’.
“You need to work hard and understand our philosophy in a completely different culture and discipline. Some players need more time than others but it is difficult to adapt to our style.”
Spurs are well recognised for their high intensity and Argentinian boss Pochettino demands a high work-rate from all of his players.
N’Koudou is a right winger who has shown in glimpses that he has the pace to terrorise defenders.
The youngster enjoyed a successful cameo off the bench in the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea and offers a more direct approach than some of Spurs’ other creative players.
He is yet to register a goal or an assist this season, but will be hoping he gets a run in the side to show his talents.
N’Koudou made 41 appearances for French club Marseille and showed his capabilities, scoring 10 goals and supplying five assists in 41 appearances.
In other Tottenham news, Osvaldo Ardiles has given his verdict on the club’s Europa League draw.