Reports claim that Clinton Njie has turned down the chance to move to Marseille on loan, as Spurs look to sign Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from the French club.
Njie is said to be reluctant to return to France and wants to prove himself at White Hart Lane, after an injury-hit debut season.
Yet with Nkoudou likely to arrive regardless of whether Njie makes the move to Marseille, the Cameroon international faces a real struggle to find opportunities at Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino can currently choose between the likes of Dele Alli, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Joshua Onomah, Alex Pritchard, Heung-Min Son in the wide positions where Njie can operate.
Up front, it looks like it will be equally difficult for Njie to get a game, with Harry Kane, Vincent Janssen and even Son ahead of him in the pecking order. This isn’t even accounting for the chances of youngsters such as Marcus Edwards, Kazaiah Sterling and Shayon Harrison, who will all be hoping to make the step up to the big time.
It’s no one’s fault, but it really looks like the time for Njie and Spurs to go their separate ways. The club no doubt hoped that they could mould the raw talent of Njie into a useful player, but injuries prevented the player from being able to show what he was capable of. Alex Pritchard suffered the same fate and is another who could leave this summer.
A loan move to a cash-strapped Marseille – who might not be able to afford to buy him next summer – might not be the best option for Njie, but a move to pastures new will surely be the best solution for all parties.