COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham midfielder Georges-Kevin N’Koudou continues to be kept out the starting line up by manager Mauricio Pochettino and should ask for a loan move.
The Argentinian boss has a great track record of giving youngsters a chance, but that has not been the case with N’Koudou since his arrival in the summer transfer window.
The 21-year-old should look for a loan spell away from White Hart Lane as he needs regular game time at his age to develop.
He has made just eight appearances for Spurs since he joined from French club Marseille, starting on just one occasion.
The attacking midfielder produced a lively cameo performance off the bench against Chelsea and several fans were calling for his inclusion against Swansea, but he was an unused substitute in the 5-0 victory.
N’Koudou is yet to register a goal or an assist in his eight appearances, but that is a harsh criticism considering his lack of game time.
The winger has shown a great desire off the bench to make a positive impact and looks extremely quick, but has shown no end product so far.
Pochettino is currently trying to help Spurs challenge for the Premier League title and has not yet seen enough of the signing to hand him his first league start.
Spurs do have an extremely competitive squad for the wide positions and it is difficult to see how N’Koudou could dislodge Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen or Erik Lamela.
N’Koudou showed last season that he has quality, scoring 10 goals and supplying five assists for Marseille.
The youngster would be best served by experiencing regular top-flight experience in England and there would be a long queue of clubs lining up for him if he was allowed to leave.
Spurs’ first-choice striker Harry Kane is a great example that the loan system can work and he developed into a fine player during spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester before breaking into the first team.
In other Tottenham news, the club would secure the Premier League title in 2018 if they made this signing.