Former Tottenham captain Graham Roberts has slammed Tanguy Ndombele’s attitude – and exclusively told the Transfer Tavern the Frenchman simply can’t cope with the pace of the Premier League.
Ndombele was signed by Mauricio Pochettino for a club-record fee from Lyon two years ago, but the odd moment of brilliant aside, he’s generally struggled to justify his hefty transfer fee.
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Following a tricky first 12 months under Pochettino and then Jose Mourinho, the midfielder appeared to settle down last term and found his best form, one exquisite individual effort against Sheffield United a prime example of his quality.
However, Ndombele then hardly featured under Ryan Mason and after failing to play a single minute in pre-season, was left out of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first game in charge against Manchester City.
The Spurs boss recently confirmed that his absence wasn’t injury-related, with the 24-year-old not deemed ready to be playing games.
It’s not yet unclear whether Ndombele will remain a Tottenham player after the window closes later this month, but Roberts told The Transfer Tavern that he isn’t suited to English football:
“His attitude over the last two years has not been good enough. I think he struggles in the Premier League; I think the pace of the game is very quick and he can’t cover the ground.
“He has got great ability, but if you can’t run or work hard, you’re not going to be in the Premier League. It’s like walking football.”
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