Tanguy Ndombele has often looked frustrated at Tottenham Hotspur as he has been battling for fitness and consistency since his club record move from Lyon in 2019.
In fact, the £ 55 million Frenchman caused a polarizing sensation in north London. Some days he’s a different level than the others, showing the kind of technically gifted skills that very few have, on other days he’s looking lackluster and disinterested.
The latter is the kind of attitude that would surely see him out the door under an unscrupulous authoritarian like Antonio Conte. However, he and those around the club have reason to be positive, because Ndombele could play a monumental role in the future.
He may have been snubbed as an idle substitute over the weekend, meaning he’s only made five of his 12 league games this season, but his time may come in a few months.
Can Conte save Ndombele’s Spurs career?
All you have to do is look at the Italian’s deployment of Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea to see many similarities. Ndombele is probably in a better position at the moment, as he is only 24 years old, about five years younger than the Spaniard at the time.
In the Blues 2016/17 title-winning campaign, the former Arsenal man recorded 12 assists from 29 games and was barely seen before Christmas, mainly due to injuries. He hadn’t completed a full 90 minutes by December.
At the turn of the year, Fabregas entered into a phenomenal partnership alongside N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.
His previous comments on the 52-year-old could provide some glimpse into what exactly Ndombele needs to do, and honestly, Spurs need a player like him who is creative, like the AS Monaco star once did.
“In the beginning it was difficult for me, don’t get me wrong. Lots of running, lots of intensity. Big sessions, double sessions, fitness sessions, ”he revealed (via football.london).
“I had coaches like Pep [Guardiola] which had a lot of positioning play, but we had freedom in it. There was no freedom with Conte, he told me where to put the ball.
“I’m 29 years old right now, I’ve played 13 years, I’ve played in every final, I’ve won a lot and this guy tells me where to pass the ball.”
Even since his arrival in N17, Conte has pointed out that the enigmatic midfielder “has to understand that there is a team and he has to play into the team” and that he “has to work a lot more than“ the others ”because of his talent.
Once described as “unplayable” and “world champion” by Joe Hart, Ndombele may have to wait until 2022, but if he does what is asked of him he could prove to be an important and influential player for Spurs for the remainder of the season.
Only time will tell if the £ 40.5 million dynamo can replicate such a feat. Then Conte can repeat one of his largest masterclasses in management.
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