Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Spurs shot stopper and pundit Paul Robinson has tipped his former club to sell midfielder Tanguy Ndombele despite having recently put in a string of fine displays under Jose Mourinho – but the former Lilywhite insists Tottenham’s squad size could still force him to offload.
Indeed, according to Robinson, ‘there was talk‘ when Ndombele first arrived that he couldn’t play more than two games per week, with Mourinho taking it upon himself to coach the player into fitness during the first fortnight of lock down.
Should Spurs sell Tanguy Ndombele?
Yes, get a deal done Levy
No, he has a lot to offer
Following the Portuguese coach’s one-on-one approach with Ndombele, Robinson has suggested that Mourinho could see potential in the £200,000-per-week ace, especially going by his recent contributions, but taking him off at half time and consistently substituting the player also sends mixed signals.
Due to not completing enough games, Robinson insists that you ‘can’t tell’ whether the Tottenham boss ‘likes him or not’ – with the ex-England international going on to issue a transfer claim that he could be sold to free up space in the squad.
“He doesn’t complete enough games,” explained the pundit to Football Insider.
“There’s always been something there between the relationship with him and the manager. You can’t tell if the manager likes him or not.
“There was talk when he first came in that he can’t play two games a week, he’s not fit enough. Then during the first couple of weeks of lockdown, you see them together doing little bits of personal training in the park together.”
Despite the fact he can ‘play anywhere‘, Robinson went on to suggest that Ndombele may leave to free up space along with Spurs outcast Dele Alli.
“If a player gets dragged at half-time, it’s not good for anybody. If it’s a tactical change you’d like to think a player can adapt to a new system in the second half because it’s not going to be that different,” he continued.
“The size of the squad he’s got there, it’s unbalanced, they’re heavily ladened with midfielders and attacking midfielders so to play Ndombele and pull him off at half-time and Alli to not be in the squad I think we’re going to see a lot of changes at Spurs between now and the end of the window.
”I expect they may go.”
While the former Premier League star makes some fair arguments, Transfer Tavern has to disagree.
Ndombele recently scored a crucial winner away to Lokomotiv Plovdiv and impressed during a 45 minute cameo against Southampton last weekend, completing 100% of his dribbles and winning almost all of his duels (SofaScore) – potentially hinting that the club want to give him a chance.
Described as ‘phenomenal‘ by Mourinho last season, it’s debatable whether Tottenham will want to sell a player who cost the club a transfer record £63 million – especially given Alasdair Gold’s recent update that Spurs may in fact want to keep him on board.
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