By Dominic Toner
Tottenham attacker Georges-Kevin N’Koudou was left on the bench against Aston Villa in the FA Cup – and the club’s supporters were furious with his omission on Twitter.
Spurs host Championship opposition Villa on Sunday in the FA Cup final third-round and Mauricio Pochettino has made nine changes to his starting line-up, with Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier the only survivors.
The north London club beat Chelsea in the Premier League in their last game and are now focusing on a strong cup run.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 8, 2017
N’Koudou moved to White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window from Marseille for £11million and has found his game time limited.
The right winger has made just 10 appearances across all competitions and is yet to complete 90 minutes for the club.
Spurs fans believe he should have been handed a start against Villa on Sunday and expressed their frustration that he was named on the bench.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Monty (@RealBristolSpur) January 8, 2017
— Abs B.🐻THFC (@MyGuy_Tanguy) January 8, 2017
— ToDareIsToDo 1882 (@todareistod1882) January 8, 2017
Whyyyyy???? Why are we using Alderweireld? Why aren't we using Nkoudou in the starting line up?
— Marcus (@marcusss_r) January 8, 2017
— Devansh (@DevanshTHFC) January 8, 2017
N’Koudou has found it difficult to to break into the first-team as he is behind the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min SOn and Erik Lamela in the pecking order.
The 21-year-old is blessed with stunning pace and has shown glimpses of his quality in his cameo roles, but is yet to force his way into Pochettino’s thinking.
In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino claims this assists master needs to go to the next level.