According to Sky Sports, Tottenham are on the verge of loaning unwanted winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou to Bundesliga outfit FSV Mainz 05.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino said recently in a press conference that the winger will want to play more. The French under-21 international has struggled for game time since joining Tottenham, resulting in an unsuccessful loan move to Burnley for the second half of last season, therefore a move from Tottenham is the right option.
Pochettino has been fairly clear that Nkoudou (valued at £6.3m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) is unlikely to feature much for Tottenham this season, so this is a wise choice for a player that will want to play as much football as possible. However, it is his mould of player that Tottenham have been lacking the past few seasons; a fast dribbler that is willing to take defenders on and beat them for pace.
Now that Tottenham have Lucas Moura, who appears to be a regular, Mauricio Pochettino may well feel that Nkoudou is surplus to requirements. Although, after failing to sign either Wilfried Zaha or Jack Grealish over the summer, some would argue that there is still room for the 23-year-old.
The most bizarre thing is that Tottenham are loaning him out with an option to buy at the end of the loan. That suggests that Pochettino does not hold Nkoudou in high esteem. If so, it seems more logical to just sell the player now. However, Daniel Levy may hope that Nkoudou’s stock rises during his loan period, therefore driving his price up.
It does seem hard, however, to envision a time where Nkoudou will fit into the Tottenham team. The chances are that The Lilywhites will recruit similar players of a higher quality rather than wait until Nkoudou breaks into the first team.
Nkoudou is not part of Pochettino’s plans this season; that is quite obvious. Therefore, this is a good move for the winger to develop, but if he wears a Tottenham shirt again is less clear.