The Lowdown: Ndombele future in question…
Since the club-record signing put pen to paper on a £53.8m move from Lyon in the summer of 2019, his stay at Spurs has been fairly mixed, to say the least.
Can Ndombele star for Spurs under Conte?
100 per cent, about to explode
No, just get him gone
During Ndombele’s first season in north London, chairman Daniel Levy famously had a sit-down with the 24-year-old to discuss his performances and overall future, as seen on their ‘All Or Nothing’ Amazon Prime documentary.
However, he then became heavily linked with a move away at the end of 2020/21, apparently informing Spurs chiefs of his desire to leave before August 31 (The Telegraph). His move failed to come to fruition, though, with Antonio Conte now left with the task of getting the best out of Ndombele.
The Latest: Gold drops exciting Spurs claim…
The club’s sports science staff apparently believe that Ndombele has been in the ‘the best condition of his Spurs career’ in ‘recent weeks’ – surely a big sign of encouragement for Tottenham’s new manager.
“Understand the sports science staff believe the Frenchman has been in the best condition of his Spurs career in recent weeks,” Gold explained on social media.
“Which will help during this boot camp of sorts at Hotspur Way.”
The Verdict: Very encouraging…
Given the consistent question marks surrounding Ndombele’s application and fitness since his arrival at Spurs, this update will undoubtedly come as a boost for Conte.
The midfield maestro has unquestioned ability in his locker but the difficulty has always been unlocking it on a consistent enough basis. He finished the 2020/21 as one of Tottenham’s most threatening players statistically, having completed the most dribbles per 90 (2.2) out of their entire squad (WhoScored).
Lauded as ‘magnificent’ by Mourinho, the former Ligue 1 sensation has what it takes to become a key player for Spurs regularly, and having him in peak condition is arguably crucial to him finally coming good on that club-record outlay from 2019.
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