Well it seems another one of Mitchell's average players has failed. Georges-Kevin N'Koudou was bought from Marseille to replace Clinton N'jie who didn't impress and N'Koudou hasn't impressed either. The Sun have suggested the club will listen to offers for him this summer.
People might moan when I talk about mentality in sport being utterly vital, bit time and time again we are shown players who mentally simply don't have the will and the fight to turn themselves into world class talents.
I will repeat, having talent is simply not enough, you have to have it in the head as well otherwise you get a one-season player like Erik Lamela, who we now hear has been given the PR treatment. All sides agree a course of action, yeah right, there was a bloody row and Lamela was banished to train on his own!
To suggest Mauricio Pochettino never wanted to sign him is complete nonsense as he has to agree to all transfers and had control over transfers at the time he was bought. We have dismantled the way we conduct transfer because it wasn't working well enough. We are a business, we have a strategy and we have a budget which our transfers have to be conducted within, simply suggesting we spend anything on a player isn't an option. Michy Batshuayi hasn't exactly been a roaring success at Chelsea has he so £30 million for him was way over the top.
Daniel Levy intervened to renegotiate the fee (which hindsight shows to be correct) because N'Koudou wasn't allowed to train and keep fit with Marseille and therefore wouldn't be in tip top condition when we bought him. He didn't intervene to ensure we bought the player ahead of another player as forum-based Sports Witness seem to suggest.
Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, hardly the players we need to make a sustained assault on the Premier League or any other trophy for that matter. Add to that list Kevin Wimmer who will want to leave in the summer as well, that will be over £50 million raised for the transfer kitty.
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