Speaking to Football.London, ex-Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov is hopeful that midfielder and club record signing Tanguy Ndombele can battle for a place in Jose Mourinho’s side, advising the Frenchman to have a ‘frank discussion’ with the Spurs boss ahead of the new season.
Ndombele, who signed for Spurs in a club record £53.8m deal last summer, has found life difficult during his first season in the Premier League despite a stellar reputation garnered at previous club Lyon.
Will Tanguy Ndombele thrive under Jose Mourinho next season?
Yes, he's got still got bags of potential
No, not good enough
With reports emerging surrounding his future in north London, Berbatov has urged the player to consider a sit-down with Mourinho in order to battle for his place.
“I don’t know why he didn’t get so much playing time, whether it was because he was injured or didn’t train well or the manager just didn’t pick him,” Berbatov explained to Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold.
“I don’t know if he’s going to stay in the team but I like him and I thought it was a great signing for Spurs, which is why I’ve been surprised he hasn’t played so much.
“He has the qualities to do well. Hopefully he’ll have a frank discussion with Jose and if he’s going to stay, he’ll play more. I think he can bring a lot to the table.”
One of the club’s top earners, taking home £200,000-a-week alongside star striker Harry Kane, Ndombele has arguably failed to live up to that vast salary during his Tottenham career so far.
In the games where he has been given a chance, the 23-year-old has completed 1.8 dribbles per match, more than the likes of Erik Lamela and Dele Alli according to WhoScored.
Still only young, Ndombele still has plenty of time to live up to his price tag, with the only question being whether Mourinho will give him a chance to shine during the coming season.
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