Tanguy Ndombele offered Tottenham Hotspur absolutely nothing as they drew to Everton in the Premier League on Friday night.
It was quite a crucial fixture in regards to the European qualification landscape in the top flight and, with both teams taking a share of the spoils, Spurs’ hopes of making the top four, and maybe even potentially the top six, are at now in jeopardy as the teams above them can now open up a further gap.
The north London outfit once again rued defensive mistakes and dropped points from a winning position – that’s now a total of 20 points lost all season after taking the lead.
Jose Mourinho tinkered with his formation and that should have brought the best out of the Frenchman as he was pushed further forward to play in behind Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
It was a real opportunity to make a statement with a creative performance to justify that club-record £55m price tag. He’s got to be delivering in big matches like this. Instead, the £45m-rated dynamo lasted just over an hour before being hooked by Mourinho, and it’s easy to see why because, as mentioned, he offered ever so little.
Ndombele racked up just 37 touches and he was hugely wasteful when in possession, losing the ball a whopping 18 times – only Son managed worse (21) but he was on the pitch for an extra half an hour, so that only emphasises how reckless the 24-year-old was.
He only made ten passes – that’s one every six minutes as a playmaker, and the worst of any starter on the pitch for either side. Even substitute Erik Lamela (12) and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (21) attempted more, as per SofaScore.
Uncharacteristically, he struggled to drive forward with the ball too, failing to complete a single dribble despite a match-high four attempts. In addition to all that, the 5 foot 11 midfielder was weak in his battles, winning just four of 13 duels (30%), whilst he was also dribbled past on one occasion and he committed one foul.
All in all, his performance was summed up by a shameless dive early in the first half, which had BBC journalist Dave Downie calling him “pathetic” and The Athletic’s Toffees correspondent Patrick Boyland slam him as “embarrassing.”
As described perfectly by football.london’s Alasdair Gold, ‘Spurs needed him to be creative in midfield at Goodison Park and he just didn’t have an impact in the final third.’
He can be thankful that Kane capitalised on two horrendous defensive mistakes by the home side, otherwise the spotlight would certainly have been on his shocking performance.
Ndombele offered Mourinho nothing at Goodison Park, so the manager has every right to feel let down.
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