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“Tanguy has been good”- Tottenham boss offers fans Ndombele hope

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Harvey Barnes of Leicester City is challenged by Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou offers Spurs fans Tanguy Ndombele hope

Could this be the season Tanguy Ndombele fulfils his worth at Tottenham Hotspur? This is a question that we have been asking since he was signed in 2019.

Spurs agreed to pay a then-club-record fee of £55million to sign him from Olympique Lyonnais. At Lyon, he was a brilliant midfielder.

Ndombele won over fans with his silky dribbling and wonderful playmaking abilities. He seemed like a player who could replicate prime Mousa Dembele here.

Tanguy Ndombele and Lecce's Federico Di Francesco collide. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)
Tanguy Ndombele and Lecce’s Federico Di Francesco collide. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

But he has been, in all honesty, a flop so far — be it under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo or Antonio Conte. He has failed to win them over for an extended period of time. October 2021 was the last time he played the full 90 minutes in a Premier League game.

Will Postecoglou be added to that list? That is something only time will tell. One thing that seems certain, as things stand, is that he will be a Spurs player as Napoli have seemingly not exercised the option to buy him permanently after a season-long loan spell.

One last chance?

It seems our new coach is impressed by the French midfielder. Speaking at a recent press conference, he admitted, via Football.London:

“Tanguy has been good. He is working hard at training, to be fair they all are, they have got no option. Again, I take things as I see them. For me, he is obviously a very talented footballer, he was part of team that won Serie A last year and within that context, I am pleased to have him here and part of the group.”

Many fans will want Ndombele to be shipped off as soon as possible before his contract expires in June 2025 (Transfermarkt). It could give us a chance to recoup some of the money we paid to sign him.

But Postecoglou’s comments hint that if Ndombele doesn’t find a suitor this summer or if Spurs somehow want to keep him for another season, then he could have some sort of a role in the first-team set-up.

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James Maddison’s signing will add competition. But if Ndombele shows willingness, determination and passion, especially off the ball, then there could perhaps be light at the end of the tunnel for him. We have been desperate to see him come good here.

But with each passing season, that hope starts becoming more of a fantasy.

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