Mauricio Pochettino has often got it right in the transfer market, yet this summer, he hasn’t had much of an opportunity to get anything wrong. The Lilywhites are yet to make a major signing so far, which is a bit of a problem.
They were well behind the leaders in the Premier League last season, and it quickly became clear that more quality was needed.
However, with less than a week to go until the window shuts, they’re yet to make any signings, which is strange.
Their focus definitely needs to shift over the next few days, then, away from pre-season and onto the transfer front.
However, perhaps as well as any potential incomings, it’s worth the club selling a few players. A number of individuals are currently on the books that, perhaps, shouldn’t be – and that’s particularly true of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. Though Tottenham can sell abroad for the next few weeks following the end of the English window, it would make sense to wrap up any major deals whilst they can still bring in a replacement or two, or, indeed, reinvest any money made from potential sales.
Now, there’s certainly an argument in favour of the attacker. He’s had a strong pre-season, and Mauricio Pochettino has always valued form, and he’s built his team as a meritocracy over the last few years.
However, on the flip side of that, you only have to look at his loan at Burnley last term to learn that he’s not good enough. He was inconsistent and generally pretty poor even at the best of times last season, and that’s not good enough. He made just 8 league appearences, indicating that his quality was not good enough for the Clarets.
It’s also important that Pochettino doesn’t read too much into pre-season. Youngsters often look good during the summer but buckle under the pressures of life in the Premier League. For N’Koudou, then, a few good weeks on tour shouldn’t make the club forget the last couple of years of mediocrity.
He’s not good enough at the moment. He has potential, but a sale with a buyback clause makes sense. You’d expect his value to be higher than it was a few weeks ago, following a good pre-season, and so it’s likely never been a better time to sell.
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