A week ago, we took a look at Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s situation at Tottenham.
Back in May, the young French forward gave a personal interview to L’Equipe where he expressed his desire to avoid a similar season to the 2016-17 campaign, when he barely featured for Spurs across all competitions.
Despite this, and far from being helped by injuries, it seems history could end up repeating itself, and while there’s no reason to panic yet, questions might need to be asked in January if he doesn’t manage to fully convince Mauricio Pochettino to start him regularly.
One man who knows exactly what N’Koudou is going through is Moussa Sissoko, who lived a similar difficult situation last season, but has now managed to wiggle his way into Tottenham’s first-team, and has impressed.
Back in the France setup after being ignored last time by Didier Deschamps, the Spurs midfielder had a chat with FootMercato about his 22-year-old teammate.
He said: “We don’t hear that much about Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, but he’s doing well. He’s working everyday. He’s a young player. Like me, his first season wasn’t easy, but he’s someone who doesn’t give up. Bit by bit, the manager is giving him more playing time.
“I’m here to help him. He feels good in the team. I hope he’ll have more game time this year and will have a chance to establish himself on the pitch. He’s happy. He’s continuing to work without stress.”
With all the talent at his disposal, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to achieve his goal, but his teammates certainly won’t make it easy for him.