Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is the latest French winger to struggle after joining Tottenham Hotspur. Clinton N’Jie’s time at the club was short, and Moussa Sissoko hasn’t quite lived up to his transfer fee.
N’Koudou’s struggles led to a loan to Burnley last season, and now he appears to be set for another.
According to Sky Sports, Spurs have agreed to let GKN join FSV Mainz on a season-long loan.
N’Koudou was an active participant in Spurs preseason, but it was always assumed that he would not be a major part of the senior squad this year. Since joining from Marseille in 2016, GKN has only made nine appearances in the Premier League. He scored the first goal in last season’s relatively meaningless Champions League group stage finale win over APOEL, but to date that is the only time he has ever scored for Tottenham.
The Versailles native is still only 23-years-old, but it seems like his time at Spurs is up. There’s a strong possibility that this loan has a mandatory purchase clause attached to it. If so, we’ll hear more about that later.
Mainz would be a much better place for GKN to continue to grow as a player. Die Nullfünfer finished 14th in the Bundesliga last year after a season spent fighting relegation. Surely he would see much more playing time in Germany than he would in North London.
N’Koudou has proven to be a sociable figure in the dressing room, but he never showed himself to be good enough for Tottenham’s current ambitions. Signing Lucas Moura last January was probably the final nail in the coffin for GKN’s career at the club.
Mainz’s Bundesliga season gets underway on August 26th, so expect this move to be wrapped up relatively quickly.
Time will tell if Spurs are able to unload Vincent Janssen, their other failed transfer from the summer of 2016.