Clinton N’jie has his work cut out if he is to resurrect his career at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Cameroon international has not played since December, having made only six appearances prior to that. He is also yet to get on the scoresheet, though he had some promising chances when he featured in the Europa League.
Crucial month for Spurs
If Mauricio Pochettino was open to experimenting in the early part of the season, that time has passed now as Spurs head into their all-important, title-deciding fixtures.
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N’jie was a sensible signing on Spurs’ part, costing just £8.3million from Lyon. He was also guaranteed popularity among the fans after he revealed he had turned down Arsenal in favour of a move to White Hart Lane.
At that price, he was not expected to be a major signing, but it was hoped that he could be a utility player up front and around the midfield. With Spurs playing so many games in the Europa League, he could also have found a role as a cup specialist.
Unfortunate to have had his opportunities limited, N’jie now finds himself in a similar situation to Nabil Bentaleb, whose injuries have completely disrupted his season.
The question remains whether if both were fit, they would still find themselves out of the first team.
Bentaleb, whose injury is even more disappointing as he looked to have so much potential in his early days, is unlikely to play again this season, but N’jie is nearing fitness.
The latter’s chance to shine therefore depends largely on whether Tottenham maintain their title challenge. If it falters in the coming weeks, they will have much less to play for in their final couple of games, and he may have one last opportunity to prove himself.
Much to prove
Pochettino does give players a chance, but N’jie did not make enough of an impression in the first half of the season. As much as the Spurs boss is willing to bring on players, he needs them to first prove that they are ready.
Some fans have vented their frustration that N'jie was introduced as a striker upon his arrival, but he has not always been employed in that position.
All parties will be hoping that N’jie is kept on and can have a more fulfilling second season in north London, but it may well depend on how the rest of the season pans out.
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