If you are wondering about the future of Tottenham Hotspur misfit Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, look no further. Latest reports indicate that the player could be heading back to French Ligue1.
According to reports from the French football website Foot-Sur-7, N’Koudou could move back to his former club Nantes. It was at Nantes that the winger caught the attention of top European clubs when he plied his trade there between 2013 and 2015.
He then moved to Marseille and a year later, Tottenham swooped to bring him to White Hart Lane. It was expected that the big move to North London would improve his game and give him a platform to convince doubters.
However, he failed to take advantage of the move and N’Koudou has failed to convince head coach Mauricio Pochettino of his ability. He hasn’t yet started a Premier League game for Tottenham and it doesn’t look like he would ever get his chance to do so.
There were rumours that Tottenham could go for a winger or a midfielder in the summer transfer window but for various reasons, we did not do so. N’Koudou was linked with the exit door but once again, that move too didn’t materialise too.
However, the return of Erik Lamela to training is probably the last straw in the entire episode of N’Koudou. If the Argentine knocks back his injury troubles and gets back into the squad, that could spell the end of N’Koudou’s Tottenham career.
With this thought at the back of his mind, N’Koudou could decide to look at his options in the January transfer window. There is enough noise coming from France to indicate that Nantes could be interested in taking him back.
Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri is keeping tabs on the winger’s situation and could be primed to make a move – thanks to his Premier League contacts. For the player too, it presents a chance to move away from the glare and start afresh. Maybe, that’s a good thing to happen for N’Koudou!
Pochettino too may not be averse to sending him back to France, as long as he gets in a replacement – even if it is the returning Lamela.