According to The Daily Mirror, Barcelona are monitoring Tanguy Ndombele’s situation at Tottenham.
The Frenchman only joined Spurs from Lyon last summer in a deal worth £53.8m, but has endured an incredibly difficult debut campaign in north London.
He has played just 19 times in the Premier League, whilst he has also faced the wrath of current Spurs boss Jose Mourinho – the clash against Burnley at Turf Moor drawing strong criticism in particular.
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But according to The Daily Mirror, Barcelona are “following the progress” of Ndombele, and that the club’s director of football, Eric Abidal, “remains a huge fan of his countryman and believes he can get back to the form that earned him rave reviews at his former club.”
Make no mistake about it, Ndombele hasn’t exactly enjoyed the greatest of times at Spurs since joining the club last summer. He got his north London career off to the perfect start with a fine goal against Aston Villa, but has since been hampered by injury problems and managerial criticism from Mourinho.
But what the Spurs boss simply cannot do is just let Barcelona come in for him and take him away. The Lilywhites and Daniel Levy sanctioned a big-money move for the Frenchman, and Mourinho would be throwing that money down the drain if he just accepted Ndombele may not be the man for him.
It’s in the club’s best interests as a whole to try and get the best out of the midfielder, and give him enough of a chance to finally make the kind of impression people thought they could make when he initially signed.