Maurizio Pochettino is well renowned for developing young talent as he has done at Tottenham Hotspur.
One of the key factors in Pochettino and Spurs’ identity is the pathway to the first-team from the academy.
This season, Pochettino has provided Oliver Skipp with his debut and first start, all coming in the past month as well as handing Kyle Walker-Peters a more regular role at right-back in recent weeks, helping the side by assisting three times in the 5-0 home win against Bournemouth.
However, not all of the young talents have followed that path yet, therefore if this Spurs DUO does not step up they could be moved on in January…
Shayon Harrison has been on fire for the U23s this season with five goals and one assist in eight games so far across the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy.
As a forward, having Harry Kane inform for the first-team as well as Fernando Llorente as the backup option, means opportunities will be few and far between.
If Harrison is unable to place himself into Pochettino’s thinking within the first-team like some of his old teammates have done, he may have to look elsewhere for game time.
N’Koudou has managed just 27 minutes of action for Spurs this season. Barring his EFL Cup appearance, he has only featured on the bench once, and at 23, he needs to step up to impress Pochettino.
In the previous two seasons, he has made 17 and 14 appearances respectively so something must have altered for the former French youth international to not feature at all this season.
If it continues this way and N’Koudou is not able to force his way into the side, he should look away from North London for opportunities.
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