Tottenham are set to allow Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to depart the club on loan in January if Erik Lamela takes his place in the club’s Champions League squad for the second half of the season, according to a report.

The Independent claim on their website that Spurs could see the Argentinian attacker replace the French speed machine for the latter half of their European campaign, having left Lamela out for the group stages as a result of his long term injury layoff.

With N’Koudou very much on the fringes of the first team squad at Tottenham, with one minute of Premier League action and two Champions League appearances under his belt this season, it is said that Mauricio Pochettino could send the 22-year-old out on loan to pick up more first team action.

Lamela, who was ruled out of action for over a year with a hip injury, has appeared in each of the club’s last seven league games, making one start, to push N’Koudou further down the pecking order.

Football Insider verdict

While sending N’Koudou out on loan seems like a sensible decision considering his lack of game time, there will be those wondering whether it is time for his Tottenham career should come to a permanent end. He obviously is out of favour under Pochettino, despite netting his first Spurs goal earlier this season, and a regular role in the first team line up does not seem like it will ever materialise. At 22-year-old he should be finding his level and playing regularly to improve, and whether he leaves on loan or permanently, he should be asking for a move in January.

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