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Pochetino’s silent message to Daniel Levy by bringing N’Koudou off the bench.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou seized his chance. It was the Frenchman’s first Premier League appearance of the season. The winger made a surprise appearance late in the game against Fulham.

Tottenham’s squad has been stretched by injuries and N’Koudou is a player manager Mauricio Pochettino has had little time for since he signed in 2016.

The 23-year-old cost Spurs a hefty £11m from Marseille two years ago. However, he has failed to make an impact in north London and has made just nine Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

N’Koudou’s one and only start this season came in the Champions League game against APOEL at Wembley in December when he scored in a 3-0 win.

Pochettino bringing N’KOUDOU off the bench appeared to be a clear message to spendthrift chairman Daniel Levy that more signings are needed.

If this was the case considered then it backfired, with N’Koudou providing a game changing moment to win the game for Spurs with his cross for Harry Winks.

As far as the match went, it was a good moment for Spurs and particularly N’Koudou.

When it came to showing a need for new signings, it may have backfired.

Levy can point to N’Koudou as a player Mauricio Pochettino should spent more time working with.

It gives him one more reason not to pay up to sign Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen, reportedly the club’s top target. Tottenham are yet to sign any fresh face to their squad this season.

Author’s take:

N’Koudou has struggled to make an impact over 18 months at Spurs and is in need of regular games. He made 23 appearances in total but never really started a Premier League match. The late appearance was unexpected and he played well against Fulham. If given enough playtime he can show his skills and may strengthen Spurs squad.

 

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