Departed Spurs player claims Pochettino didn’t put faith in him

0
Mauricio Pochettino
OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Former Spurs winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has spoken about the circumstances that led to his departure from the club.

The winger joined Turkish outfit Besiktas last summer after enjoying three relatively unsuccessful years in North London.

The Frenchman arrived from Marseille in the summer of 2016 with a very good reputation and it was hoped that he would develop into a top player.

However, the pacey wide an never got sufficient opportunities at the club and failed to live up to his potential despite having a couple of loan spells away from North London at Burnley and Marseille.

Nkoudou Lloris

He has found his form since signing for Besiktas in the summer and has netted twice for the Turkish giants in the Super Lig this season (transfermarkt).

The 25-year-old has now explained why he had no choice but to leave Spurs as he didn’t have Mauricio Pochettino’s trust.

Speaking to Hurriyet (as relayed by Sport Witness), the Frenchman said, “When I first joined Tottenham, I didn’t have a proper preseason camp.

“I stayed at the hotel for a month, I struggled to adapt. In my second season, the manager didn’t put faith in me, which is something I can understand because the team were doing well at that time.

Nkoudou, however, insisted that he has no regrets about making the move to Spurs and the time he spent at the club.

He added, “I have no regrets about moving to Tottenham. Things might’ve gone better but that’s football. Looking back I can say that I’ve played for one of the best teams in England and learned lots of things.”

Spurs Web Opinion

While Nkoudou was likely never good enough for the Spurs, I still felt that he was treated rather harshly by Pochettino. He hardly had a consistent run in the team to show what he can do. I always felt that the former Marseille man was a great impact substitute to bring off the bench but didn’t feel he was used enough.

Have something to tell us about this article?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.