Clinton N'Jie: why Spurs are chasing the Lyon flyer

Lyon forward Clinton N'Jie is the latest forward to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane, but what does the Cameroonian have to offer?

Primarily a centre-forward, N'Jie would bring a much-needed injection of pace to Tottenham's attack, an attribute largely absent from the frontline since Gareth Bale's departure two seasons ago.

With Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon seemingly out of the first team picture, Spurs severely lack the blistering counter-attacking pace that has been a staple of the team for much of the last decade.

N'Jie's direct nature would be a welcome addition to the frontline, a trait the side lacked in the defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

The Lyon flyer scores the majority of his goals with well-timed runs in behind the defence, something, bar Eriksen's chance from Kane's exquisite chip, the side was lacking at Old Trafford.

With that asset in the side, it is imperative other players exploit it and pick the pass at the right time, instead of frustratingly looking sideways or behind them, Moussa.

N'Jie also gives Pochettino a real option to change the game if the side go a goal down, another feature missing from the squad that travelled to Manchester on Saturday.

N'Jie certainly ticks all the boxes for the type of player Spurs appear to be in the market for, in the mould of Anthony Martial, Timo Werner and Saido Berahino, the Lyon man has versatility and pace in abundance.

While also providing back-up for Harry Kane, N'Jie offers a real alternative to Christian Eriksen in the position behind the striker.

Though Eriksen will rightly remain first choice in that position regardless of who Spurs recruit between now and 1st September, the Dane has the habit of occasionally drifting in-and-out of games, an undesirable trait, especially when the team are chasing the game.

The 21-year-old's willingness to track back and help the defence when on the back foot is a recent improvement to his game, and one that could help him nail down a place in Pochettino's side.

N'Jie's total of seven assists in Ligue 1 last season is higher than any Tottenham player bar Erik Lamela, and the enigmatic forward's direct nature and eye for a pass could bring a whole new dimension to Spurs' attack this season.