Recent reports have claimed that the Toon could target the former Lyon man this summer, as Howe looks to strengthen his midfield options at St James’ Park.
The door is open for Ndombele to leave the North London club, with the latest reports claiming that Conte has effectively ‘banished’ him from his squad, with fitness issues plaguing his time at the club.
He was limited to just nine appearances in the Premier League last season and was sent back on loan to Lyon in January, where he made 15 appearances.
There is no doubting Ndombele’s talent, but he has struggled to show that on a consistent basis during his time at Spurs, failing to average above a 7/10 rating from WhoScored in any of his three seasons at the club.
However, the £120k-per-week earner did enjoy a strong spell of form under Jose Mourinho in the 2020/21 season, which led the Portuguese manager to sing his praises after he scored a wonderful goal in a win against Sheffield United.
He said: “The goal is amazing, but I don’t care about the goal, I care about the performance and the performance was magnificent and I’m really pleased that he’s come to this level. He’s playing very, very well.”
With regular game time, there is no reason why Ndombele couldn’t find his consistency in Howe’s side, and he could form a magnificent partnership with Guimaraes in the midfield.
According to WhoScored, the Brazilian excels at defensive aspects such as tackling, blocking the ball and concentration, whereas Ndombele can offer more creativity with his strengths of dribbling, through balls and key passes.
Last season saw Newcastle’s main central-midfield options manage just four assists between them, whereas Ndombele has shown in the past that he can offer that creative quality in the middle of the park, managing seven assists in his final full campaign with Lyon back in 2018/19.
So far, Howe has added Nick Pope, Matt Targett and Sven Botman to his squad, and the Toon could arguably do with some extra quality in midfield with a fourth signing.
Ndombele might not have had the most successful spell with Spurs, but his talent is unquestionable, and he could be an excellent fourth signing for Newcastle this summer.