Hugo Lloris backs Tanguy Ndombele to show his worth at Tottenham Hotspur with more game time
Speaking in an interview with Evening Standard (h/t football.london), Tottenham Hotspur skipper, Hugo Lloris, stated his opinion that Tanguy Ndombele will come good once he starts getting regular game time at the club.
The 24-year-old Frenchman failed to see any playing time under Nuno Espirito Santo in the opening few weeks of the season. Even now, he has just 132 minutes in the league in his two appearances so far.
Signed for a club-record £55million from Lyon two years back, expectations from Ndombele have always been high. But he has failed to find favour under first Jose Mourinho, and now Nuno.
Hugo Lloris backs Tanguy Ndombele to succeed at Tottenham Hotspur.
But Lloris believes that his international teammate would be helped by getting regular games at the club- something which he was not being afforded at the start of the current campaign.
“Tanguy needs games, games, games, repetition of games. [He needs to] try to feel this responsibility because he’s not a young player anymore. And a player with his talent and quality must feel responsibility inside the changing room and the team.”
Lloris, who also joined Spurs from Lyon some nine years back and has represented France on the international stage, also expressed his pleasure at Ndombele expressing himself in the dressing room- something which he did not do in his first season at the club.
Tanguy Ndombele has played just twice in the league for Tottenham this season. (imago Images)
“With Tanguy, the first season, because of the language, it was sometimes frustrating with him to not be able to talk with the others. Today, he’s totally open and he can talk and joke and share moments. That’s very important as a player, to feel connected to the team.”
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Ndombele has featured in the last two league games for the club and albeit those matches ending in losses, it would be a pleasant sight for the fans seeing the dynamic midfielder return to the first-team fray on regular basis.