Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has criticised Tottenham Hotspur’s club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele for his performance against Chelsea and has questioned whether he will ever be suited to Premier League football.
The Frenchman started in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat against the Blues on Saturday but lasted just 63 minutes before being withdrawn by Jose Mourinho and replaced by Erik Lamela (BBC Sport).
He failed to have much of an impact on the game at Stamford Bridge, playing zero key passes, zero crosses and zero long balls whilst also failing to take a single shot on goal (SofaScore). As a result, Cascarino has slated his display and suggested that he isn’t fit enough to play in the English top-flight, which was highlighted against the Blues.
When talking about Ndombele in a recent column he wrote for The Times, the 57-year-old said: “In the 24 games Tanguy Ndombele has played for Tottenham this season, he has come on as a substitute or has been substituted in 19 of them.
“He reminds me of Tiémoué Bakayoko when he moved to Chelsea. He has lots of athletic ability but he just doesn’t seem to use it.
“He is not a passing player but he also doesn’t seem to have any endurance — Chelsea’s midfield walked all over him and Harry Winks.
“He came on against RB Leipzig with 25 minutes to go and he was lying on the floor at the end. He has been in England for six months now and I am not sure he is capable of getting up to the Premier League’s pace.”
Cascarino certainly has a point here, Ndombele has really struggled in his first few months at Tottenham and at the moment it doesn’t look as though he is cut out for the Premier League.
He has serious fitness issues and has already missed 12 games in all competitions due to injuries. Added to that, when he does play he rarely completes 90 minutes, indeed he has only done so on five occasions this term (Transfermarkt). Right now, his body seemingly isn’t fit for the rigours of English football and right now it is hard to see him becoming a success for Spurs this season. However, to write him off long-term may be a touch premature, given the fact he impressed for Lyon in the Champions League last season.
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