As the summer transfer window drew to a close Tottenham fans were left sweating as the club did not bring in a natural back-up to star striker Harry Kane. Dynamic auxiliary forward Heung-Min Son was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen, however inconsistency, adapting to a new league and constant position changes have left us still waiting to see the best of the South Korean superstar.
The other forward Tottenham acquired over the summer has almost become a forgotten man at the club despite being here for less than twelve months. Cameroonian international Clinton N’jie was signed off the back of an impressive breakthrough season with French side Lyon.
Similar to Son in that he is comfortable across the front line, N’jie has the distinction of showing his usefulness as a strike partner as well as winger. Clinton not only played second-fiddle, but also partnered Lyon’s No.1 forward Alexandre Lacazette on a number of occasions, leading to the hope that a similar relationship could be forged with Harry Kane.
N’Jie has only made six Premier League appearances due to injury
After being eased into the side due to niggling injuries, N’jie finally gave us a glimpse of the type of player he could potentially become. The first came during the 4-1 drubbing of Manchester City earlier in the season. Coming into the game on the right-wing, N’jie demonstrated his most valuable asset. His devastating pace. This is something we have lacked somewhat in attack this year, and it’s something the young forward can offer in abundance.
His biggest impact of that game came when he received the ball on right-wing in City’s half. A deft turn took him away from City full back Kolarov before he sprinted away. N’jie then showed there can be quality at the end of his runs by delivering for Erik Lamela to score the 4th of the game.
His second impressive performance came in another 4-1 victory. The demolition of Monaco in the Europa League. Clinton started this game as the lone striker, and his high energy, high speed style of play was a major factor in dismantling a lethargic Monaco defence.
Unfortunately for Clinton and for Tottenham, a knee injury has cut his season short up until know. The forward has been out of action for a number of months but is now back in full training with the squad. With six games remaining, it could well be time for N’jie to step in and be the final little boost to get Tottenham over the line. Whilst still very raw, the option his gives in his electrifying pace could be a factor in turning a couple of games from draws into wins between now and the end of the season.
N’Jie damaged his Medial Collateral Ligament in a Europa League clash with AS Monaco
It’s also a chance for Clinton to prove his worth. Pochettino does not allow stragglers in his squad. And whilst it’s out of the question that he’ll be gone in the summer as he’s not yet had the chance to play, he could however find himself slipping down the pecking order as the club is actively seeking to add more forwards to the squad. Fulham prospect Moussa Dembele is still expected to join whilst rumours are that talks are at an advanced stage for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.
Clinton N’jie fully fit, and fully motivated may not win us the league, but he’s certainly a useful weapon for Pochettino to add to his armoury, and one he should look to use during this run in. With Tottenham on the brink of glory, it’s time for one of our forgotten men to step in from the cold.
Written by Josh Smith