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Tottenham Hotspur have an incredible midfield.
The deal is worth an initial €60m (£53.8m) plus a prospective €10m (£8.9m) in add-ons.
Ndombele’s signing is a significant one for many reasons, not just the price, as he solves the Mousa Dembele problem at a stroke. The Belgian was once the club’s go-to dynamic option in midfield but he departed in January and was not replaced, placing the burden solely on the shoulders of Moussa Sissoko.
Now that the 22-year-old has arrived, there is an extra layer of running ability and technical dribbling in Spurs’ midfield.
And the options that Mauricio Pochettino has to call on, as it stands, are excellent.
Along with Ndombele and Sissoko, the club also have Harry Winks, an England international who, per WhoScored, averaged a pass completion rate of 91.8% in the Premier League last season. He is a remarkably effective passer of the ball.
They also have the attacking talents of Dele Alli, who has scored 53 goals in 184 games for the club – that’s a rate of over a goal every four games – and Christian Eriksen, who registered 12 assists in the Premier League and hit the back of the net eight times last season.
Now, of course, the Denmark international could well depart, with Real Madrid the mooted destination.
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Add to the equation the brawn of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier, two rugged defensive midfielders, and one feels that Spurs have an exceptional balance.
There is the running and energy of Sissoko and Ndombele, the craft of Winks, the muscularity of Wanyama and Dier and the vision and goalscoring of Alli and Eriksen.
This is not to say that such a midfield trumps that of Manchester City – they have the likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho and have now added Rodri to that mix – but it is almost certainly as good as anyone else’s in the league.
Next season promises to be an exciting one for Spurs, and it could all be thanks to that remarkable midfield.