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Friday, 5 August 2016

Telemans and Boufal may have to rethink their future


Tottenham have been watching highly-rated young 19-year-old (20 next May) BelgianUnder-21 international  Youri Telemans for a few seasons now and he is starting to look at the next step in his career. While Anderlecht had UEFA Champions League football and he was playing every week there was no reason to move, it was good for his development.

Now though Anderlecht have not made it through the Third Qualifying Round, the were put out by David Bentley's former Russian side, FC Rostov. They have been dumped into the UEFA Europa League final Play-off Round. Depending upon the result of that, he could have a season of just domestic football to look forward to and that could mean he seriously reconsiders his position. He has already saif he will look at offers that come in as assess his future.

A day later, Thursday, saw  Lille knocked out of the UEFA Europa League by Gabala from Azerbaijan. Winger come wide attacker Sofiane Boufal, who is recovering from injury and won't be fit until September, now has no European football next season.

There has been a lot of interest in the 22-year-old (23 in September) but an injury makes a transfer difficult, few clubs buy injured players. You want them to recover and prove themselves again, remember Jay Rodriguez?

Rreports suggest we are considering turning to him if Georges-Kevin N'Koudou isn't finalised soon. While some French reporters are blaming Levy for the delay, it is the French authorities that have delayed things waiting for a visa and now a work permit. 

With N'Koudou not training he is now not fit and behind everyone else, he won' get a pre-season before the season starts so in effect he will be 2 months behind the rest of the squad and not really ready until late September early October. naturally, as that affects his season with us, we want the deal on better terms now or still have the deal go through and pay less towards Clinton Njie's wages. 

Spurs are being inconvenienced and thus Spurs want a better deal. The fact that the French don't like that is neither here nor there, we shouldn't have been inconvenienced. marseille could have released N'Koudfou but they haven't, the delay, the problems, the inconvenience, the detrimental effect on our squad, on our season, is down to Marseille.

Renegotiating the deal makes sound business sense, given he is unlikely to be figuring in the first team for a while now anyway, probably not until the Third Round of the Football League Cup on 21/22 September.


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