Tottenham enjoyed one of their best ever seasons in 15/16. They fought Leicester for the title but ultimately fell short in their pursuit.
Mauricio Pochettino is not resting on his laurels though and made a few acquisitions this summer in order to try and go one better this season.
They signed Az striker Vincent Janssen as well as Southampton holding midfielder Victor Wanyama but one of the most drawn out transfer stories this season saw them officially announce Georges-Kevin Nkoudou as a Spurs player on deadline day.
The young winger had been in London for a week and was training with the squad but the announcement was yet to be clarified.
However delayed the announcement was, for Spurs it was definitely worth the wait as the Frenchman has plenty of pace to burn and will add extra competition for places.
He’ll be very useful with Spurs featuring in the Champions League this season and we think he’s a very shrewd signing indeed.
As mentioned above, one reason that Nkoudou is a shrewd signing for Spurs is because he has a huge amount of pace, something that was notably lacking from an otherwise great Spurs team last year.
Whilst Alli, Kane, Eriksen et al were magnificent in the Premier League they are not blessed with blistering pace.
Son is probably the fastest thing Spurs had to offer but he did not get off to start he would’ve liked but Nkoudou will now compete him for a space on the wings.
Another one of Tottenham’s weaknesses last season was their lack of strength in depth.
Not meaning to be too offensive but when you have to turn to Mason, Chadli and Carroll to help you turn a game on its head, it’s just not good enough if you want to be challenging consistently at the top.
This summer they have signed Janssen, Wanyama, Sissoko and Nkoudou though and should be in better shape to compete on all four fronts they’re taking part in.
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— GK NKoudou (@gknkoudou) September 3, 2016
Nowadays, criteria for a footballer’s popularity tends to include their increased social media presence and this is no problem for Tottenham’s new starlet.
When he was finally confirmed as an official Spurs player after days of being in limbo, the winger jokingly commented ‘but I’m 40 years old now so I’m not sure to be as quick as I used to be!’
We’re sure this wit will appeal to the fans from White Hart Lane for many years to come.
The enigmatic winger is also still only 21-years-old. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is known for preferring youth and wants to develop this Spurs team into something special so Nkoudou definitely fits the bill.
He has shown huge signs of promise in Ligue 1 with Marseille, scoring five goals in 28 appearances last season. Under the stewardship of the Argentinian, it’s very difficult to see how he won’t progress into a great, tenacious footballer.
Most importantly, he actually offers Tottenham a ‘Plan B,’ something levelled at the squad last season when they were up against it.
The pacey winger is very direct and is just willing to take players on using pure pace and power, alongside another new recruit Moussa Sissoko.
If Tottenham need to throw the kitchen sink at a team with a few minutes to go, Nkoudou looks like the perfect player to throw on.