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Tottenham: Tanguy Ndombele could be the midfield powerhouse for the next decade

Tottenham: Tanguy Ndombele could be the midfield powerhouse for the next decade

Ndombele has the potential to become one of the world’s best midfielders at Spurs

Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks. All have proven their worth in some shape or form for Tottenham in recent seasons, and particularly for the latter two, Mauricio Pochettino has coaxed another level out of them. But, despite reaching the Champions League final, even the most ardent of Spurs fans will nod their heads in agreement, and accept that central midfield is potentially the one area where the north London side could significantly upgrade on. And with money hopefully set to be spent this summer, then look no further than Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.

Valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman has been linked with some of the world’s best sides this season, and according to French publication L’Equipe, the midfielder could be set for a move to Lyon’s Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain. But, keeping an eye on developments, are seemingly (previously reported by Football.London) a Spurs side intent on breaking their self-imposed transfer window exile, and making a big-money move to whet the appetite of their longing fans.

Ndombele has become a key cog in Lyon’s midfield engine room since initially joining the club on loan in the summer of 2017. The now French international has earned rave reviews for his performances this year, particularly in his side’s impressive victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League group stages. As a predominantly box-to-box midfielder, the 22-year-old carries the ball forward powerfully, and particularly this campaign, has added an end product to his game.

With two goals and eight assists to his name this season, Ndombele would bring an exciting upgrade on Sissoko in the Spurs midfield. The comparisons between the two athletic and rampaging central midfielders are obvious, but where the former excels is in his decision-making and greater consistency.

Indeed, Ndombele’s Lyon boss Bruno Genesio said of him last season (via Goal): “He’s thoughtful and intelligent. He’s interesting because he’s one of those players capable of solving tactical problems with his game intelligence.”

For Pochettino, who prides his players on adapting to his different tactical demands and match situations, Ndombele just seems like the perfect signing. Not just in terms of the statement it would make in fending off competition from many of European football’s giants, but also the impact he could have on the team.

Lucas Moura has certainly been one of Spurs’ best signings in recent years, and has firmly shaken off the tag of being a PSG reject. So, how powerful would it be then, if the north London side rubbed salt into the wounds of their illustrious Parisien counterparts, and beat them to the signing of one of France’s most exciting football talents as well?

Tottenham fans, would you back a move for Ndombele? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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