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Who is Clinton N'Jie?

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While the British press have spent the summer obsessing over the potential transfers of an ex-Lyon striker, Karim Benzema, and the French club's current prized possession, Alexandre Lacazette, the imminent transfer of Clinton N'Jie to Tottenham has slipped quietly under the radar.

It is no secret that Spurs are in dire need of a centre forward. Last season saw the sudden and somewhat surprising emergence of Harry Kane as he defied all expectations to bag an amazing 21 league goals.

However, after Kane the North London club's striking options are meagre - with the only senior strikers being the Villarreal-bound Roberto Soldado and the under-performing and over-paid Emmanuel Adebayor, who is supposedly not part of Mauricio Pochettino's plans after failing to receive a squad number for the upcoming season. It appears that N'Jie will be signed as a much-needed back-up striker to Kane.

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So what will Clinton N'Jie bring to Tottenham? At 21-years-old he has bags of potential and is very much a raw talent. He is as comfortable on the wing as he is as a central striker and plays on the shoulder of the last defender and uses his explosive speed to get in behind the defence.

With an impressive six goals in 11 games for Cameroon, the Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas dubbed the striker "The future Eto'o". Whether this is simply sales rhetoric from the notoriously hard-nosed businessman in order to bump up his price, or if there is truth in the sentiment remains to be seen, but what is clear is that N'Jie has the makings of a potential star.

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As with Benzema and Lacazette, N'Jie is another graduate of the prestigious Lyon academy. He burst onto the scene last season when he scored an impressive seven goals and assisted the same amount in 30 appearances (15 of these coming from the bench).

Alongside fellow young talents, Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon mounted a significant title charge only to come out second best to PSG.

Coming to England will no doubt be a steep learning curve for the Cameroonian speedster. At a reported £10-14 million, N'Jie represents something of a gamble for Spurs considering he only has a year’s experience playing top-flight football so he may take some time to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League.

However, if Pochettino can find a style and formation which plays to his strengths, then he could turn out to be a valuable asset for the North London club in the short and the long term. With searing pace and ruthless finishing, watch out for Clinton N’Jie in the white of Tottenham over the coming seasons. 

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