Spurs: Levy had a nightmare on N’Jie

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21/10/2022 | 08:10am

Tottenham Hotspur had something of a hit-and-miss record in the transfer market prior to Fabio Paratici’s arrival in north London in the summer of 2021, with Daniel Levy getting a number of signings right – such as Son Heung min, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris – while also getting quite a few wrong – including Tanguy Ndombele, Serge Aurier and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.

And, one more player who undoubtedly falls into the latter category is Clinton N’Jie, the chairman’s £12m signing from Olympique Lyonnais back in August of 2015, with the forward reportedly brought in to help replace Roberto Soldado – who secured a move to LaLiga side Villarreal in the weeks preceding the Frenchman’s switch to Spurs.

However, after starting none of Tottenham’s first 14 Premier League fixtures in 2015/16, as well as being handed just two starts in the club’s first six Europa League outings that same season, it quickly became apparent that the then-22-year-old attacker was not exactly a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino – before N’Jie would suffer a season-ending knee injury in December of 2015.

The following campaign, the Cameroon international was shipped out on loan to Olympique de Marseille, where the £38k-per-week player would score four goals over 23 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, who would go on to make the attacker’s loan spell a permanent move the following summer – activating a €7m (£6m) option to buy clause in the winger’s contract.

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However, things would once again fail to work out for N’Jie at Marseille, who sold the forward to Dynamo Moscow just two years later, who subsequently allowed the Cameroonian to join Turkish side Sivasspor on a free transfer this summer, where the now £1.08m-rated forward has scored one goal over his nine Super Lig appearances so far this season.

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As such, considering that N’Jie’s career has fallen off a proverbial cliff since his 2015 move to north London, coupled with the fact that the 29-year-old currently boasts a market valuation that is an enormous 91% less than the £12m Spurs paid for his services, it is clear for all to see that Levy had a nightmare when bringing the forward to the club seven years ago.


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