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Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was, amazingly, included in Tottenham Hotspur’s squad for the Audi Cup tournament.
The Frenchman, a flying winger, has struggled to adjust to life at Spurs and it is of little surprise that he has yet to find himself a move away from the club.
Signed from Marseille in 2016, Nkoudou has roundly failed to make a tangible impact in north London.
But what happens if he doesn’t leave this summer?
He has made a total of 26 appearances for Spurs and has scored one goal – in a Champions League tie against APOEL Nicosia. He has also registered two assists, with one of those coming last season, as he crossed for Harry Winks to score an injury-time winner in a 2-1 win over Fulham.
Across his Spurs career, he has made four starts. None of them came in the Premier League.
Indeed, the most he has ever played in the top-flight came in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in 2016; Nkoudou played a total of 17 minutes.
It is not just Spurs who have struggled to see his talent, either. A loan spell at AS Monaco last season drew three appearances in Ligue 1, though injuries played a major role in his lack of outings in France.
At Burnley in 2017/18, Nkoudou played eight times. He didn’t score, nor did he provide an assist.
Indeed, that sample size is the biggest one can find since his move to Spurs and the statistics do not make pretty reading.
Per WhoScored, in the Premier League, Nkoudou averaged 0.5 shots per game during his time at Turf Moor and was dispossessed 1.6 times per game.
He also averaged a mere 0.1 key passes per game and a pass success rate of 79.5%. He crossed the ball 0.1 times per game.
Just two of those eight appearances were starts, but the statistics don’t get much better when you look at per 90-minute metrics either. 0.4 key passes, 1.6 shots, 5.2 times dispossessed.
2.4 successful dribbles would be more encouraging, were it not for the 3.6 unsuccessful ones accompanying them.
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For a winger, those are genuinely execrable stats and one has to wonder why on Earth Spurs actually decided to bring him in.
Nkoudou is quick, yes, but he does nothing with that pace and has never been a deciding factor in the final third, apart from that one cross against Fulham.
His contract does not expire until 2021 and it would be a surprise if another club decided to make a move for him, particularly one with a semi-competent scouting department.
Spurs, then, may well be stuck with him. They are unlikely to be happy about it.