Pochettino may regret loaning Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to Mainz

Sky Sports are reporting that Tottenham have agreed a deal to loan winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to Mainz, but the north London club are making a mistake with their already thin squad.

What’s the story?

N’Koudou joined Spurs in the summer of 2016 in an £11m move from Marseille, but the young Frenchman has struggled to make any impression and spent the second half of last season on loan at Burnley.

While playing under Sean Dyche, N’Koudou made just eight appearances and failed to provide a single goal or assist, despite putting in some hard-working performances.

However, as the transfer window closed on August 9, before the Premier League had kicked off, Spurs became the first team to not sign a single player in a summer window since the system’s introduction in 2003. As such, the current squad is looking thin and with more players reaching the final weekend of the World Cup than any other club side, Spurs will be relying on some of their fringe players to step up early on in the season.

An impact sub

N’Koudou would also have every right to feel annoyed at being sent out on loan. The deal with Mainz comes off the back of a mightily impressive pre-season for the 23-year-old, during which he netted against both Barcelona and AC Milan on Tottenham’s tour of the US.

The pacy winger should be rewarded for his displays with a chance to influence games at least from the bench, where his fresh legs could be used against tiring teams similar to Newcastle in the Lilywhites’ opening game of this season.

With Son Heung-Min heading to the Asian Games to compete for Korea and the lack of new signings this summer, Mauricio Pochettino may find if the squad suffers a couple of injuries he regrets the decision to loan out N’Koudou.