Georges Kevin N’Koudou has been loaned to Burnley for the remainder of the season. The Frenchman arrived from Marseilles in the summer of 2016 and played less than 50 Premier league minutes. The £11 million signing can’t be labelled anything other than a massive disappointment. Long-term the biggest impact the Frenchman is likely to have at Tottenham is exposing their transfer flaws.
Georges-Kévin N’Koudou Experience Exposes Spurs Transfer Flaws
Be it from poor performances in training or Mauricio Pochettino not getting whatever target he wanted instead of him and venting his argument towards N’Koudou, Pochettino never looked interested in giving N’koudou the chance to prove himself. The most interesting aspect of N’Koudou’s time in North London was his long drawn out transfer saga. Many suspected this was time being spent trying to secure a better alternative.
Given how many players the club has missed out for financial reasons in recent years, spending £11 million on a player who only featured twenty-two times show flaws in the clubs recruitment policy.
Quality over quantity
Since Pochettino took over Spurs have signed multiple players who have failed to perform for the Lilywhite. The combined fees spent on Vincent Janssen, Clinton N’Jie, Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is nearly £60 million. Even though the current transfer market is extremely inflated, it would have been more worthwhile to invest in two top quality players for thirty million (not players like Moussa Sissoko) as opposed to throwing £10m-£15m into random players on the off chance the club discovers another Dele Alli?
Spurs Transfer flaws
Pochettino has never been backed properly by Tottenham yet. The only large investment by the club so far have been the £30 million spent on Moussa Sissoko, and up to £42 million spent for Davinson Sanchez. It is understandable. With the club building a new stadium that the money may not be flowing as freely as in other clubs. There is also an air of caution in that the club seems to prefer to risk signing four players for £60 million and hope one can come good instead of plumping it all into the signing of one £60 million superstar. With N’Koudou and Clinton N’Jie it was clear to see Pochettino did not rate either. Neither featured with any degree of regularity. Both signings were basically pointless. For a club who rarely spend big, it must be infuriating for Pochettino to watch them throw away roughly £15 million (after subtracting what was recouped on a sale of N’Jie).
Although the club has a good youth structure that alone is not enough. The evident transfer flaws must be addressed and only players sanctioned by Pochettino should be signed. If the club is to take itself to the “next level” it must be braver in the transfer market. This means they must stop pooling their risks. Players like Kane and Alli will only believe in the “project” for so long and the club needs to start adding quality around them.
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