Former Tottenham captain Graham Roberts has exclusively told Football FanCast that Tanguy Ndombele has failed to live up to his price-tag in north London.
The Frenchman joined Spurs in a £63m deal from Lyon in the summer of 2019 but struggled with injuries and form, and was restricted to a bit-part role during his first season.
Ndombele was heavily criticised by Jose Mourinho pre-lockdown, having been hauled off at half-time at Turf Moor.
However, that appeared to be a turning point for the midfielder, who has since become a regular for Tottenham this season, making 43 appearances in all competitions, featuring in all-but four of their Premier League games.
But Ndombele has been an unused substitute in Spurs’ previous two matches under Ryan Mason and came under scrutiny from Glenn Hoddle, who said the 23-year-old slows the game down too much and should be nothing more than a squad player.
Despite Ndombele making major strides at the club this term, Roberts told Football FanCast that he agrees with the ex-Tottenham manager:
“I think he’s a good player, don’t get me wrong. But, for me, if you’re that sort of player, Eriksen scored 10-12 goals a season, Ndombele has scored three goals in two seasons. That isn’t good enough.
“If you paid whatever Tottenham did, they should be getting 10 goals a season from midfield. I agree with Glenn, he tries to do too many tricks. Dele Alli is a far better player.”