After a difficult first season at Tottenham, Tanguy Ndombele has started to show just why the north London side spent big money to sign him from Lyon last summer.
The Frenchman is slowly winning Jose Mourinho over with his performances, and has featured in 12 out of Spurs’ first 14 Premier League games of the season.
But after playing just 45 minutes against Leicester, Ndombele was missing from the Lilywhites’ Carabao Cup quarter-final triumph in midweek, and Mourinho delivered a huge update on his fitness ahead of the Premier League clash against Wolves on Sunday.
He said: “Gio (Lo Celso) no, he will not be fit. Tanguy is fit but he didn’t come to Stoke. My decision, but he is fit.”
And with Lo Celso ruled out, Ndombele surely has to come straight back into the starting line-up against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on Sunday afternoon.
The Frenchman’s ability to do the unpredictable gives Spurs a much-needed cutting edge that helps get the best out of the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
And that creativity is something his childhood friend, Nordine Baaroun told The Athletic, saying: “He is a very explosive player over three or four metres, that is his strength. He was the same player as a youngster: the same percussiveness, the same vision, the same quality and intent in the pass. He has a gift, God gave it to him.”
With Spurs without a win in the Premier League since their north London derby win against Arsenal a few weeks ago, Ndombele’s return could be the kind of game-changer that helps Mourinho’s side end this brief blip and get them back to winning ways.
The £40.5m-rated ace can add to his growing reputation by leading his team to victory on Sunday, and prove once again Mourinho has that magic touch.