During the break in football, our Total Duds feature looks at transfer investments made across the two windows to have taken place this season that are yet to work out.
Last summer, Tottenham Hotspur smashed their transfer record as Tanguy Ndombele made his way to north London. It was a move that seemed to shock fans of rivals club especially as the player was linked with Manchester United.
However, Spurs may be wishing they didn’t fork out €60m (roughly £55m) especially with the Frenchman’s lacklustre performances so far this season. Following the draw away to Burnley, Jose Mourinho publically lambasted his own central midfielder, claiming he needed to do more due to his ability.
The record signing had no shots on goal, played no key passes and was dispossessed twice in the offensive side of his game. He wasn’t much better when attempted to shield the Lilywhites’ back-four, making just one solitary clearance during his 45 minutes on the pitch, as per WhoScored.
Tottenham currently sit in eighth-place in the Premier League, a place which would make them just under £25m in merit payments, according to last season’s figures. However, more importantly, they would be missing out on next season’s Champions League campaign, which would see them earn a guaranteed £13.2m just for competing in the group stages. And having been knocked out early in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, prize money from there may not be forthcoming. In total, should the season finish as it stands, the north London outfit would make just over £25m, factoring in all competitions.
Whilst Ndombele hasn’t been the sole reason why the club have flopped this season, he is one player, who highlights just how bad they’ve been. His performances this season have shown that he is nowhere near worth €60m that was paid for him and has so far been a shocking addition.
Spurs fans, do you think the former Lyon man has flopped? Let us know your thoughts!
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