Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson is tipping Tanguy Ndombele to become a favourite under Jose Mourinho.
The Frenchman missed the first win of the Mourinho era due to injury, but Robinson believes he will be key once he returns to full fitness.
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“I think the defensive midfield partnership of Sissoko and Ndombele, I think Mourinho will like them,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“Winks could fit in a three, depending on what formation Mourinho wants to play. Jose might not want to play with two. He can play Kane up top, two wide off him and three in midfield and it would be Sissoko, Ndombele and Winks. Winks, Ndombele and Sissoko wouldn’t be a bad thing.”
Looking at the midfielders Tottenham currently have at disposal, it is not hard to see where Robinson is coming from.
Mourinho, of course, went with a midfield partnership of Winks and Eric Dier in that 3-2 London derby victory against West Ham — and it showed promising signs.
As ever, Winks was astute in possession, boasting a pass completion rate of just under 90% (via WhoScored). And as for Dier, there is just something Mourinho loves about him, with the Portuguese coach having chased his signature while he was still in charge of Manchester United.
Compared to the two, though, Ndombele just offers something a little bit different. He brings more of an attacking threat, already scoring twice and providing one assist in the Premier League this season. In contrast, Winks and Dier have both failed to score or create a goal in English football’s top flight in the current campaign.
When you consider all of that and given Tottenham invested so much in Ndombele following his £53.8m move from Lyon, it would be a surprise not to see the 22-year-old in Mourinho’s starting XI in the near future.
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