Exclusive: John Hartson raises doubts over Spurs’ decision to sign Ndombele

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, John Hartson called into question Tottenham’s transfer policy over the summer and their decision to bring in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.

It was a signing which was greeted with a lot of excitement by fans, partly because it signalled a move away from the club’s restrictive spending, having gone two whole transfer windows without making an addition prior to the summer.

Despite that, the Frenchman hasn’t exactly set the world alight despite scoring two goals in six league games.

As a result, the former Celtic striker has questioned the club’s decision to sign him, though he admitted there is time for Ndombele to improve.

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While speaking exclusively to FFC, Hartson said: “Did they really need him [Ndombele]? They paid an awful lot of money for Ndombele and I’ve not really seen it yet, but it’s probably too early to judge.”

The 23-year-old has so had a mixed opening to his Spurs career, and that could partly be due to the fact that he may not be at full fitness, with many Spurs fans noticing that it didn’t take long for him to look fatigued in the 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

It could be a worry for the Tottenham hierarchy considering he cost an eye-watering £53.8m, a deal that broke the club’s record which previously stood at £42m for the capture of Davison Sanchez.

For that kind of money, Spurs could be forgiven for expecting a quicker start to life in north London, though as Hartson suggests it may take time for him to get up and running in the Premier League, and once he does he could show the best of what he has to offer.

The clearest indication that Ndombele’s performances have dropped off are his average passing stats, with 36 per game for Spurs in the league compared to 58 per game for Lyon last term, and that in itself suggests that he is yet to deliver the type of form that earned him a summer move.