Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, currently on loan at Napoli, is ‘not accustomed to sacrificing himself’, Paolo Di Canio has said.
The Lowdown: Last chance saloon?
The Frenchman is one of many Spurs players currently out on loan in bids to revive their careers with Ndombele joining the likes of Joe Rodon (Rennes), Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal), Sergio Reguilon (Atletico) and Harry Winks (Sampdoria).
Ndombele in particular first came to the Premier League with much promise, signing for the Lilywhites from Lyon in a club-record £63m deal – much to the delight of then-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
However, questions surrounding his application have since followed with the 25-year-old going out on two separate temporary spells – one to his former club Lyon earlier this year, during which he was branded a “really lazy player”, and now to Naples.
The Latest: Di Canio criticises Ndombele…
Hinting at the player’s laziness when out of possession, the ex-Sunderland manager holds doubts over whether the Spurs loanee can prove to be a success at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Di Canio explained: “I will just say if Spalletti performs a miracle with Ndombele, I’ll take my hat off to him and give him my compliments.
“This lad is really not accustomed to sacrificing himself for the team with work when he’s off the ball. He is not a creative midfielder, at most he can play in a three-man midfield and cut inside behind the striker.
“I don’t expect Spalletti to get Ndombele to walk on water, but if he at least manages to get him swimming, it’d be an extraordinary success.”
The Verdict: Crucial few months…
Ndombele has already found game-time difficult to come by under Luciano Spalletti, having played very few Serie A minutes in comparison to most of his team-mates (WhoScored).
The midfielder is arguably running out of time to restore his reputation as a top player, with his last brilliant run of form arguably coming under ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.
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