If Spurs are unsure about Clinton Njie, is Georges-Kevin N’Koudou the right man to challenge him?
The old saying about London buses seems apt when it comes to Tottenham’s recruitment drive – you wait ages for one and then two arrive right after each other.
The signing of Vincent Janssen took about a month to negotiate but, a little over a week after the Dutchman put pen to paper, another new arrival is set to join the club.
Things are developing quickly at White Hart Lane but, while the signings of Victor Wanyama and Janssen made perfect sense, there has been more debate and head-scratching about the Lilywhites’ bid to bring in Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
N’Koudou is a 21-year-old winger who is arriving from a French club (Marseille) for around £11million. He lacks experience but would offer pace out wide and he has potential.
Sound familiar? Last summer Spurs signed Clinton Njie – a 21-year-old winger who arrived from a French club (Lyon) for around £11m. He lacked experience but offered pace out wide and had potential. Indeed, all of that is still true.
There is a scene in the American sit-com ‘How I Met Your Mother’ where a character brazenly declares “new is always better”.
Within moments, to defend his pronouncement, he is attempting to argue that the Star Wars films featuring Jar-Jar Binks are better than the originals, and that newly-distilled whisky tastes nicer than older bottles.
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There is understandable excitement about the prospect of another fresh addition to the Tottenham squad, and the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier have shown that an investment in young talent can quickly pay dividends.
Yet it is hard to escape the question of what this move means for Njie, who has had little time to prove himself in north London – especially since he missed most of last season with a knee injury.
And, if Spurs are unconvinced by him, is it a good idea to sign such a similar – and similarly inexperienced – player to compete with him or replace him?
N’Koudou may well prove to be better – and the bar is relatively low given Njie was unable to score and only contributed one assist last season. But there is not enough evidence to confidently make that prediction at the moment.
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