This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Having watched Tanguy Ndombele’s Tottenham debut against Aston Villa, you would be brave to argue against the fact that Spurs have signed a very talented footballer.
Admittedly, he looked a little bit rusty early on. Whether that was down to nerves, or merely the Frenchman trying to acclimatise to the pace of the Premier League, it must be said that he grew into the game as it went on.
The £55m man slowly started to find his rhythm, winning the ball and driving up the pitch and proving to be a real tempo setter for his new side.
In a moment that he will probably have dreamt about on Friday night, the 22-year-old also managed to find the back of the net with a wonderful curled effort to equalise with just 17 minutes remaining – his excellent goal set the wheels in motion for a 3-1 comeback.
Following Ndombele’s promising debut, Mauricio Pochettino delivered his verdict on the former Lyon midfielder’s performance – the Argentine’s comments should probably have the rest of the league quite worried.
“It was a fantastic performance. But to be honest there is a lot to improve, he only showed 30 or 40 percent of his potential. He has amazing potential to improve.”
Only 30% or 40 percent?
A man who scored a great goal, made one key pass, completed 85.5% of his passes and also made one interception and three tackles to showcase his industrial side was performing at under half the level he’s capable of?
How good is Ndombele going to be when he starts to settle down and truly get going? That is a scary prospect that I don’t even want to think about for the sake of every other team in the league.
We witnessed a real quality performance from an evidently talented player against Villa, and the signs suggest that he is only going to become more of a force in Spurs’ midfield in the future.