Spurs have struggled to find consistency this season and much of that is due to the performances of certain individuals, who have shown their best qualities on too few occasions.
One man who epitomises that is Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman arrived in the summer with big expectations after impressing at Lyon, and although he has showcased his ability, it has been far too infrequent.
As such, he is yet to cement his place in the first-team ahead of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, which is quite disappointing, particularly because it’s not due to a lack of ability.
That led Jose Mourinho to leave him out of the matchday squad against Brighton, a bold move that is a typical Mourinho gesture and one which should act as a warning that he must work on that area of his game, as some fans note.
Interesting peice. He is clearly a huge talent and part of José's job will be to man manage him and get the best from him.
— Matt Willetts (@mattwilletts80) December 26, 2019
Another Levy flop purchase here. He’s met the wrong guvnor in Mourinho though, who’s holding back on his normal comments. Dock his huge wages when he decides he isn’t in the right mind to play and he’ll come good pronto.
— Andrew Duncan (@andrewsduncan1) December 26, 2019
While fans and management are frustrated with the midfielder, it is certainly worth preserving with him.
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Ndombele has two goals in eight Premier League starts and has demonstrated the power he possesses by averaging 2.6 dribbles per game in the Champions League, providing a drive from midfield which neither Winks nor Sissoko can emulate.
His fitness issues are a worry but he has already shown how effective he can be, so when he does fully get up to speed he should be a real danger for the opposition and perhaps even a pivotal member of the team.
Right now though he has work to do in order to win over the Tottenham faithful, some of whom believe he has displayed the wrong attitude thus far, which is a little harsh considering he has had his fair share of injuries.
he has a great attitude doesn`t he
— 🔥JazJones🔥 (@LillyWh48189825) December 26, 2019
Oh deary me.
— Castle Rock Brit (@CastleRockBrit) December 26, 2019
Other supporters have urged for patience with Ndombele. After all, this is his first season in English football and is having to adjust to the rigorous demands of the league.
Their sentiments are fully vindicated and it may just be better to wait until next term to see him at his best.
They need to be patient and work with this guy because he’s that good.
— adub (@AlanWindham) December 26, 2019
I’m thinking we are going to have to pretty much write him off for this season???
5 months & hasn’t completed 90min is pitiful
Such a shame because the ability is there!!!
— Tony Hobbs (@TonyHob29) December 27, 2019
Meanwhile, Spurs are reportedly targeting a 24-year-old Championship player which would be very interesting given he wouldn’t be a typical Mourinho signing.