Burnley have agreed to a deal to sign Tottenham winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou on loan for the rest of the season, as reported by BBC. The 22-year-old has found opportunities limited since his move to White Hart Lane from Marseille in August 2016.
He has made only 22 appearances in all competitions since his arrival and has played just one minute in the Premier League this season.
Nkoudou has made 6 appearances this season, the latest being a substitute appearance in Sunday’s FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon.
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“That’s why I have come here, to find football,” Nkoudou said in a statement on Burnley’s website.
“I knew Sean Dyche is a big manager who likes young players and players who go forward, so it suits my character to come here and I am happy to work with him.
“I hope to help the club. If I can, I will. But the last word is with the manager. If he puts me on the pitch I will do everything to help the team go forward. I am ready to play and waiting on the starting blocks. If the manager puts me on the pitch I will to everything on the pitch.”
The Versailles-born wideman who made a goalscoring appearance in the Champions League against Apoel Nicosia at Wembley in December, revealed that he had sought the advice of former Burnley favourite and Tottenham team-mate Kieran Trippier over his temporary move.
“When I spoke with Trippier he told me good things about this club, about the players and everything about Burnley. I am happy to be here, so thank-you Trippier,” Nkoudou added.
“I think it’s a big opportunity to play my first minutes this season in the Premier League. Everyone is shocked because Burnley is just after the big six. They have played very well. I watched the last game against Liverpool when they played very well and were unlucky.”
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was keen to create a space for fit-again Érik Lamela in his Champions League squad and Nkoudou’s temporary departure means the Argentina international will now be added to the squad ahead of our last-16 tie against Juventus.
Pochettino still sees Nkoudou having a future at the club and hence was content to sanction a loan-deal. Now the onus is on Nkoudou to prove himself at Burnley and come back stronger next season.