Tanguy Ndombele has endured a
difficult first campaign in England, struggling for form and fitness
under Jose Mourinho despite a positive start at Tottenham.
23-year-old was signed in a club-record deal that could eventually be
worth £63million, a signing many touted would take Tottenham to the next
Despite starting his Tottenham career in style with
an exquisite and crucial goal against Aston Villa on the Premier League
opening day, injuries and fitness issues have subsequently taken over.
has been publicly vocal about the midfielder since his arrival,
continuously stating Ndombele must do more, questioning how many more
chances he can get.
While many are now doubting the talented
Frenchman, Jamie Carragher describing him as a ‘disgrace’, perhaps the
warning signs were there for all to see.;
Speaking prior to
the season’s commence, former club captain Ledley King, in an interview
with Football.London, warned fans Ndombele’s best would take a while to
He said: “He’s an all-round type of midfield player. I
think it will take him a little bit of time to get used to it here. The
French league is different and I think he’s already said that the
intensity of training sessions here and especially with Mauricio is
going to take some getting used to.
“We’re going to have to be patient with him but there’s no doubting he’s a top-quality player.”
the season began, the talent Ndombele possesses was immediately clear.
However, Mauricio Pochettino was also wary of getting carried away.
Argentinian warned early on that Ndombele was playing at just 30 per
cent of his potential, and had more to say after his fine performance in
Tottenham’s 5-0 Champions League mauling against Red Star Belgrade.
said: “When you sign a player, despite the amount you pay, with the
profile of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon, you need
a minimum of one year and a half or two years.
what happened with [Heung-min] Son or [Moussa] Sissoko, they started to
perform in year two, year three. That is why when you are so young,
today the market is the market, you cannot judge the player because you
paid some kind of amount.
“He played two years in Lyon and moved to England where everything is new, but the quality is there.”
had a point; just look at how Son and Sissoko improved drastically as
their time with Tottenham progressed. The jury is certainly out with
Ndombele, but perhaps some more patience is needed.