Tottenham Hotspur told to ‘cut their losses’ and ‘get rid’ of on-loan Napoli midfielder Tanguy Ndombele
Tottenham Hotspur thought they were getting the next best midfielder in the world when they paid 55million Pounds to Olympique Lyonnais for his transfer in the summer of 2019.
But things went awry real quick. He never really got going, be it under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte.
His last league appearance for us came all the way back in December 2021 when he played 11 minutes in a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace. He was loaned out to Lyon for the remainder of the season.
Last summer, Spurs let him join Napoli on a season-long loan with an option to buy. He has featured 40 times for Gli Azzurri this season, although mostly from the bench.
Time to go
They have won Serie A and Ndombele will get a winner’s medal. But it seems that he doesn’t have a future at Tottenham or Napoli. If Spurs take him on for next season, they will have to pay him his weekly wages, believed to be around 200,000 Pounds.
“It just depends on what is going on in the background, what has been said, if they have had enough. It has been really expensive, let’s not kid ourselves. From the wages to the fee, they are not going to get anywhere near that back.
“Of course you would try and sell him but at some stage they might need to cut their losses and get him off the books, just get rid. Is it worth bringing him back for pre-season to upset the camp when you are trying to move it forward with a new manager.”
Spurs fans would feel the same. We have seen enough of Tanguy Ndombele under different managers here to know that this move is hardly going to work.
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It is best to sell him permanently – if we can find a buyer for the Frenchman – and use that money to invest in new first-team players. It seems hard to recoup the money we paid for him but time is running out if we want to recover at least some of that transfer fee.