Sky Sports’ Michael Bridge has sent a stern warning to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele after a new plan emerged to reintegrate the midfielder.
The Lowdown: Staying put at Spurs
The French midfielder made his intentions of leaving Tottenham clear over the summer, requesting to end his two-year spell after not being able to solidify himself in the starting lineup.
Ndombele has struggled to adjust to the English lifestyle since his move from Lyon and it was reported that he had informed the club that he wanted to depart if any bids were made.
Ndombele hasn’t featured yet under Nuno Espirito Santo, but after not getting his move, plans have now emerged to get the Frenchman back and firing in the Spurs XI.
The Latest: Bridge sends warning
According to Football London, Nuno now plans to reintegrate Ndombele back into his first-team.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, via Football London, Bridge has discussed the situation both parties now find themselves in, and he didn’t hold back on the 24-year-old.
He said: “Tottenham really have to get him, meet with him, and just say ‘look, we know you want to leave, you’ve got a good thing here and you’re not going to get back into the French squad like this, just knuckle down’.
“We all know how good he can be, he’s a YouTube player. Imagine our showreels, it won’t take long to get Ndombele’s best bits. He needs to knuckle down because he’s not young anymore and I’m sick of excuses from him.”
Ndombele will have to battle Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for a place.
The Verdict: Plan has to work
Bridge’s quotes are strong, but he’s right. Nuno’s plan to bring Ndombele back into the squad has to work if he is going to return to the French national team ahead of the World Cup next year, while it would also help Spurs to put him in the shop window.
Ndombele showed glimpses of quality last season, including that special goal at Sheffield United, but was often inconsistent and Nuno has caught on with that quickly.
This season is a telling one for Ndomebele and Spurs. Their record signing hasn’t hit the heights expected, and whether he is to stay or go next summer, they simply must find a way to get him playing consistent and injury-free football.
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