According to Monday’s L’Equipe, Tottenham will battle PSG for the signing of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
Tottenham could be set to lose multiple veteran stars like Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele this summer, and reports in France have already identified their replacement for the latter.
According to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), Ndombele has ‘aroused the interest’ of both Tottenham and French champions PSG.
The wiry midfielder has been previously linked to both Tottenham and Arsenal, but the latest report makes no mention of the Gunners, perhaps due to the player’s desire to play Champions League football.
Ndombele is good enough to walk into the Tottenham team tomorrow and replace Dembele, a task that gets a lot harder for Mauricio Pochettino if he loses out to PSG.
Ndombele is technically an Amiens player, but Lyon are expected to pay the small fee to make his loan move permanent this summer. Once that’s done, they will be free to sell him on for a massive fee after his incredible breakthrough season.
The wiry midfielder is only 21, but already possesses similar attributes to Dembele, and his stats suggest he wouldn’t just be a replacement for the Belgian – he would be an upgrade.
The young Frenchman averages a remarkable 4.7 successful dribbles per game in the league this season, along with 1.3 key passes per game, two tackles and 1.7 interceptions.
Comparing that to Dembele, the Belgian veteran averages just 2.4 dribbles per game, 0.6 key passes, 1.3 tackles and 1.2 interceptions.
Of course the French league is nowhere near the standard and pace of the Premier League, but Ndombele has a fantastic burst of pace, and his low centre of gravity makes him almost impossible to dispossess.
The 21 year-old offers everything Dembele does defensively, but is technically superior and better going forward. He could very well be the missing link between defence and attack for Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham fans, would you take a punt on Ndombele this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…