Tanguy Ndombele could become a game-changer for Tottenham Hotspur once he gets himself fully fit, that is according to journalist Alasdair Gold.
The Frenchman joined Spurs from Lyon for a club-record fee of £53.8 million in the summer (BBC Sport), but his first season with the club has been blighted by a string of niggling injury issues.
So far the 23-year-old has only managed to start 10 of their 25 Premier League fixtures having had groin and hamstring injuries which have limited his minutes on the pitch (Transfermarkt). He is, though, on the comeback trail and played 61 minutes against Southampton in the FA Cup before backing that up with a 20-minute cameo against Manchester City in the league last time out (Transfermarkt).
And Gold believes that once the six-time France international gains full fitness and gets a run of games under his belt, he will become a key player for Tottenham.
Speaking in a Q&A with some fans via Football London, Gold said: “The club are looking to improve his fitness and stop all of those niggling injuries. It’s worth remembering that the Frenchman has had a very sudden ascent to the top level of football, having been playing lower league football in his homeland only four years or so ago.
“His body is clearly still trying to catch up with his rise and that’s what we’re seeing now. Mourinho is a big fan of Ndombele and he knows that if he can get him to the fitness levels he requires and stop him being so brittle then he’s got a game changing Premier League star on his hands.”
Gold certainly has a point here and you can tell even by his limited appearances on the pitch so far that Ndombele has plenty of ability and could become a huge player for Spurs.
Indeed, you only have to look at his stats from his time at Lyon to know just how good he is. Last season he averaged 1.9 successful dribbles and 1.4 key passes per game, whilst also providing seven assists (SofaScore). Added to that, he has also shown glimpses in the times he has played for the north Londoners this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists in the Premier League despite only featuring for 822 minutes (Transfermarkt).
Is Tanguy Ndombele being used correctly by Tottenham?
One thing Spurs have lacked of late is a creative threat from midfield. Winks is very much a deep lying player, Dier is a ball winner whilst Sissoko can get up and down but rarely shows an end product – he has just four goals and 15 assists in 151 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt).
So if they can keep Ndombele fit, he could well be a game-changer for Tottenham.
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