Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has claimed Tanguy Ndombele will never ‘be appreciated’, despite his ‘fantastic’ ability with the ball.
The Lowdown: Back in Nuno plans
After failing to live up to the expectations of his 2019 move from Lyon and Ndombele’s unsuccessful attempt to leave Tottenham, the 24-year-old is now back in Nuno Espirito Santo’s team.
On his return to action, Ndombele completed 33 of his 37 passes (89%), won four of his eight ground duels and made three tackles.
The Latest: Neville’s Ndombele claim
The former Manchester United full-back said: “I don’t know what you make of him. I don’t think anybody does. He’s one of those players that you watch and you think he’s a fantastic, technical football player.
“He takes the ball in difficult situations, he dribbles with it, he beats people. And then you sort of don’t see him then for maybe four minutes, six minutes, eight minutes and wonder where he is.
“I watch Ndombele and think there’s a lot of players like him in Spain, in Italy. Sometimes they fit those leagues better. I don’t think he’ll ever be appreciated fully over here because he doesn’t fit into a position or a type.”
The Verdict: Problem for Nuno
Ndombele has been included in Nuno’s squad for the previous three games now, including Thursday’s Europa Conference League draw with Rennes, meaning his chance to shine in N17 is now.
As Neville correctly points out though, most top managers in England, including Nuno, expect a lot from their players off the ball that Ndombele simply may not provide.
There is no question the Frenchman is extremely talented, but in rigid tactical systems is there a place for such an enigmatic player? Neville is not so sure, and neither are we.
In other news, this former Spurs boss has blasted Ndombele for this one thing during the Chelsea game. Find out more here.
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