Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has suggested that Tanguy Ndombele could have been a Daniel Levy signing rather a Mauricio Pochettino one (via Football Insider).
Ndombele moved to the club from French side Olympique Lyonnais for a club-record fee of £53.8m in the summer transfer window (via BBC).
Bent compared the signing of the 22-year-old to his situation when he joined the club under Martin Jol, questioning whether Pochettino wanted him.
He said: “You do start to wonder did Pochettino sign him? I know when I went to Spurs, yes, Martin Jol was the manager and yes, he said he wanted to sign me but I think the real driving force was Damien Comolli.
“Now I’m wondering did Pochettino even want to sign him? Did Pochettino say (to Levy) I want to spend all this money on this player? Because at the minute he looks nowhere near that level.” (Source: Football Insider)
The France international was hooked off at half-time in the 3-0 defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Bent comparing his own situation to Ndombele’s and then watching him struggle in a Spurs team which has been struggling since the beginning of 2019, especially away from home, is ridiculous.
Ndombele showed at Lyon that he has an abundance of quality to be a stalwart in midfield for the club. At the French outfit, Ndombele averaged the fourth-most key passes and the most dribbles per game out of the Lyon squad (via WhoScored), showing his mixture of creativity and power in midfield that suggests he has the quality to shine at Spurs.
Though as well as his individual quality, Spurs, as a whole, have struggled massively this season. The club have not won a Premier League away game since January (via Squawka), and have won just three of their 11 fixtures so far this season.
If two goals and one assist in six Premier League games is ‘nowhere near that level’ at this moment in time, it would be interesting to see how good the £58.5m-rated Ndombele really is once he supposedly gets up to speed. Judging Ndombele at the beginning of his career at the club is wrong, and the player should perhaps be given time to settle in.
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