It’s almost as though Clinton N’Jie was never at Spurs.
The Cameroon international signed from Lyon last summer and has made just eight appearances, without scoring. It is almost as though he ghosted through the White Hart Lane doors and straight out the exit gate without ever really being noticed.
Bought for just over £8m and signing a five year deal, N’Jie leaves inside the first 12 months of his contract.
And it seems as though the 22-year-old is destined for Ligue 1 again, as he prepares to join Marseille on a season long loan with a £7million permanent move already agreed and triggered by a number of easily-achieved milestones.
It’s a shame that things didn’t work out for N’Jie because Pochettino saw in him a pacy forward who likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender, just off the front man. He can also play off the wing and as dribbling is a key attribute of his game, he likes to take on players when given the chance.
Although, the Spurs fans won’t have noticed, N’Jie frequently draws comparisons to Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer and compatriot Samuel Eto’o.
Despite picking up a calf injury, the deal is likely to go ahead after the player had a medical, but waiting on the renewal of a work permit for France. His move is also being held up as Tottenham sign the Marseille winger, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, which has all been agreed.
After failing to impress Pochettino, the move is good for all concerned, but the Cameroon international’s first season with Spurs was disrupted by a medial collateral ligament injury in December and that in turn meant a lack of games in all competitions.
A loan back to Ligue 1, where he built his reputation with Lyon, could help N’Jie rediscover his best form rather than spending an extended spell on the substitutes’ bench.
The fact Tottenham have also signed striker Vincent Janssen this summer will further limit N’Jie’s opportunities at White Hart Lane.
On social media there was a mixed reaction to N’Jie leaving and N’Koudou arriving. Some asked whether the two could play together, some suggested that N’Koudou was too much like N’Jie and the club shouldn’t bother.
Some clubs have had a lot of success with French imports, others haven’t been so lucky. Tottenham are one of the latter.
However, Marseille see N’Jie as a direct replacement for the departing N’Koudou and it seems likely that the loan move will become permanent by next summer.
As one Premier League dream comes to a close, another begins.