Remember Clinton N’Jie, Spurs fans? If you do, it is surely for all the wrong reasons because we simply cannot think of anything positive to say about him.
Tottenham are not big spenders anymore and we put this down to a couple of things. Of course, the new stadium set them back a fair whack – complete with its cheese room, bakery and in-house brewery. Then we need to consider some of their recent big-money signings, *cough* Vincent Jansson *cough* Erik Lamela *cough* Clinton N’Jie *splutter*.
Cameroon international Clinton N’Jie moved to Spurs in August 2015 from Ligue 1 Lyon for an estimated £12million to reinforce an offensive unit that had recently lost Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.
“I’m very happy to join Tottenham, such a big club in England,” N’jie said on the club website (via Independent).
“I’m still young, still growing up and it’s a big challenge – the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world.
“The club is ambitious and I’m ready to give my best to help the club achieve its aims.
“Like I said, I’m still learning and I’m here to give my best. I just hope I get the chance to give (back) to the club what they are giving to me.
“I’ve always loved playing football and it’s always been my dream to play professional football so when I had my chance, I had to grab it.”
So, how did he do?
From one of the brightest talents in Lyon’s prodigy-soaked squad to one of the biggest flops in recent memory, N’Jie’s topflight experience was not a positive one. He did not start a single Premier League match under Mauricio Pochettino and managed just eight appearances off the bench. He did manage to supply an assist for Erik Lamela to grab a late goal against Manchester City, but this was not fooling anyone – he was a desperate disaster.
If it was not already difficult enough fitting in with the cool kids at school, injury problems made it nigh on impossible to impress, and he found himself polarised during a three-month stint out of football like the nerdy kid with severe hay fever on a hot summers day.
N’Jie has since moved on and joined Marseille, but recently spared a thought for his time at Spurs.
“I don’t regret it,” he said last year. “It’s a choice I needed to make. The club was OK with it.
“Everyone thought it was a good solution. I acquired a lot of experience during that adventure at Tottenham. It really helped me afterwards, and it still does. Therefore, I have no regrets.”
We think Tottenham might regret it, though.
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