Ndombele’s Tottenham stint
Tanguy Ndombele made the switch to North London this past summer, moving from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.
Tottenham are said to have paid around £54m for the Frenchman’s services.
Ndombele enjoyed a decent start to life at Spurs. The midfield workhorse put in some solid displays under Mauricio Pochettino. But it did look quite apparent on a few occasions that Ndombele was not quite used to the Premier League yet.
And since Joe Mourinho has taken the reins at Spurs, Ndombele has found his game time somewhat limited.
Granted, Ndombele has had some injury troubles in recent weeks but even in the two league games he did feature in under Mourinho, the Frenchman did not complete 90 minutes.
Mourinho on Ndombele
Mourinho has since spoken about the 22-year-old to football.london.
And while Mourinho was full of praise for Ndombele, the Tottenham boss named a couple of things Ndombele must work on.
Mourinho stated that Ndombele needs to be physically strong and mentally adapted to the Premier League:
“He’s a multi-functional midifeld player.
“I’m not telling you the way we are going to play.
“I’m not even telling you that we’re not going to change because when you get a more tactical culture and the players work more time with you, you are able to change in this moment.
“Clearly you could feel that in the first two, three four matches I was very careful of trying to get the players into some stability and some dynamic.
“But Tanguy can play as a six, as an eight, as a double. He is a player with a lot of quality, he just needs to be physically strong and mentally adapted to the Premier League.
“The French league is a completely different story, a completely different profile. But [he’s a] fantastic talent so we are happy that he can help us.” As quoted by football.london.
Tottenham vs Chelsea
Tottenham’s next clash takes place on Sunday against one of Mourinho’s former clubs.
The Lilywhites will play host to Chelsea in what could be a pivotal clash in the race for a Champions League place.
Spurs started the weekend 5th in the English top-flight but they will move above 4th place Chelsea on goal difference, should they emerge from Sunday’s clash with all three points.
Tottenham head into the tie in much better form than Frank Lampard’s side. The Blues have lost four of their last five league outings.
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