COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are currently well positioned to compete for the Premier League crown this season, but could do with strengthening their attacking options in January.
Spurs are third-placed in the league table and seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea, who they beat 2-0 in their match at White Hart Lane.
The north London club are blessed with several technically gifted players in their squad, but do lack an injection of pace at times.
Mauricio Pochettino should turn to fringe player Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to provide the missing ingredient and he is desperate to prove himself.
The 21-year-old completed an £11million move to the club in the summer and has found his game time restricted, making just 11 appearances across all competitions.
He is yet to complete 90 minutes for the club, but has shown in glimpses that he is blessed with raw pace and has the ability to go past an opponent with ease.
N’Koudou reminded people in a cameo appearance against Aston Villa on Sunday that he is an exciting prospect and could add real value to the Spurs team.
Pochettino’s side are likely to come up against stubborn defences during the rest of the season and must have a plan B for when they are struggling.
Spurs lack pace in the wide areas and are fortunate to have N’Koudou waiting patiently in the wings.
The Frenchman proved last season for French club Marseille that he can be useful in front of goal, scoring 10 goals and supplying five assists in 41 appearances.
The fringe player must now be utilised by Pochettino in the second half of the season and could prove to be a vital asset for Spurs if used properly.
In other Tottenham news, Danny Murphy has identified the biggest threat of midfielder Dele Alli.