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Gary Neville hints Spurs misfit would be better off sealing transfer to Spain or Italy
By Mark Brus -

Gary Neville has commented on the inconsistent form of Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, suggesting he just doesn’t quite fit in to the demands of Premier League football.

The Frenchman looked a world class player in the making when he shone at former club Lyon earlier in his career, and there were big expectations on his shoulders when he first made the move to Spurs.

However, it just hasn’t worked out for Ndombele in England so far, and Neville admits he’s a frustrating player to watch, as you just don’t quite know what to make of him or the role he’s trying to play.

The pundit admits, however, that part of that might be down to the mentality of the English game at the moment, with midfielders often put into different boxes, whereas Ndombele might find he performs better in Serie A or La Liga where he might be free of those kinds of restrictions.

“That’s the thing about Ndombele, you don’t know what to make of him, I don’t think anyone does,” Neville said whilst on commentary duty for Sky Sports, as quoted by football.london. “He’s a fantastic technical player, he takes the ball in difficult situations, he dribbles with it and beats people.

“But then you don’t see him for three or four minutes, six minutes, eight minutes and wonder where he is.

“I watch Ndombele and I think there are a lot of players in Spain and Italy and sometimes they fit those leagues better than this league so I don’t think he’ll be appreciated over here because he doesn’t fit into a position or a type.

“He’s a very good football player.

“We like to put midfield players into a box, he’s a defensive midfield player, he’s an attacking midfield player who assists and scores goals, he doesn’t really fit any of those profiles just plays in the game and contributes between the boxes but I think at both ends does he have enough impact?”

It will be interesting to see if Ndombele can ever improve and show his full potential at Spurs or if this team and this league just isn’t the right fit for the 24-year-old, who could join the long list of other big names who shone in other countries but just couldn’t quite get going in the Premier League.

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Irish spur
Irish spur
1 month ago

We are meant to be a Top 6 club and we hav one striker in our squad nd he doesnt went to be there..even Burnley have more than one..its embarrassing nd a joke..christ sake Levy fcuk off and leave Bale and Carlos gone nearly 30 goals between them nd zero replacements..just fcuk off

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Irish spur

The ownership of this club is a joke. Destroying us by the game. Wasted money destroying our heritage, put us in world-class debt which is the only thing world-class about Levy. He makes the same mistakes on the football side and yet we are told by the media he’s some sort of genius. He’s the worst football operative we’ve ever had.

SimonSpur
SimonSpur
1 month ago

Yes, get rid along with Alli. They were both passengers against Chelsea, which made it considerably easier for our opponents.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

Another Levy punt that’s bitten the dust ….

Nuno should do himself a favour and resign. Like most Spurs managers he’s doing more harm to his career than good.

Archibald&Crooks
Archibald&Crooks
1 month ago

Thank you Gary truly groundbreaking.
If you had read Ali Gold last week he would have explained it is a never ending cycle.
Dont train well dont want to be here/Have a go play well/Want a transfer to Barca or RM etc/Dont train well dont want to be here.
How does Nuno break that.
I thought Levy went through the spreadsheet process with a fine tooth comb and yes there are headings for “Temperament & Attitude”
He is so inept at football he should be transferred elsewhere in Enic.
Neg all you want I see your work below for those who criticise him but you are blind my friend.

del boy
del boy
1 month ago

I dont know if ndombele would be better off moving to spain or italy .but spurs would be if he did

eddie
eddie
1 month ago

There are too many of our players who not putting in the effort.Nuno,whatever you think of him,is on a hiding to nothing.There are massive problems that need sorting out and not only are they long term,but will likely never change whilst ENIC and Levy are at the helm.We have just got to suck it up.

This is what being a Spurs supporter is all about.Even if we start flirting with relegation,the manager and DOF will be held accountable and Levy will cringe in the shadows.

Cali
Cali
1 month ago

Facts:My team lost twice in the last 10 days, scored=0 Conceded=6( 3 away and 3 home) Kane 0 Pl goals in 4 games.we have players that we don’t want them in our team Dier ,Dele,Winks etc we have players who don’t want to be in our team Kane, Ndombele etc. beautiful Stadium and buildings won’t win you football games or trophies, good players and football team does simple where we go from here is anybody’s guess? Enic/Levy series continues wait and see.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cali
Len
Len
1 month ago
Reply to  Cali

I must be the only idiot in football that thinks since Harry discovered he can make a few assists he has left his post. Kane has taken himself away being the target man. This article is unfortunately mistimed as it takes away the focus from our real issue. If each time the mids look up and Kane is next to them how are we going split the defense when he is so deep 90% of the time doing God’s knows what. He is the man in the pivot and that is where he should stay. Look at Lukaku he was not getting the service because it was taken away. He did not abandon his post. He continued to work for the team, keep the defense engaged. On the subject of Tanguy, Neville is right, but failed to mention there are volume players like Ronaldo, Pogba, Bruno Fernandez,and when they show for the ball, put it at their feet good things will happen maybe not from their touch but where the ball goes from there. Spur failed to recognize that, and although Tanguy needs to step up his demand, the nature and mannerisms of each player is going make them great. Ronaldo is nasty if you do not give him the ball. All the others just move on to the next time. By no means am I putting Tanguy and Ronaldo in the same class. I saw nothing from this game that tells me he cannot make it in the PL. If anything it was the lack of anything Inspiring from Dele and Kane that befell us in the second half. Time to sit Dele. Harry cannot get the service when no one knows where to find him. He needs to cut out trying to be Jack of all trades and go lead the line. It was not his assists that got him to where he is considering he played with one creative midfielder in Erikssen. So when he was focus on his job of being a striker we were better for it. Harry is part of the mess right now. When was the last time in our attack has Harry Kane being flagged for halfsides. He is so far down the pitch. He is not on the shoulders anymore. He did not bother Silva once throughout the game.

Last edited 1 month ago by Len
Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Len

Or perhaps the service is so poor he felt obliged to go and get the ball. His passes had more chance of opening up their defense than anyone else’s. When Kane and Son started last year, no one worried about him evolving into a more creative role. Kane and Son are the only two Spurs players that would even make the top 4 squad.

Len
Len
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

I did. It worked for a minute but Harry was always too far from the action in the final third. Most of the assist from Kane to Son were long assist. Son had to do a lot of work to get the ball in the net.

Cali
Cali
1 month ago
Reply to  Len

Blaming Kane won’t do good to anyone and is mischief, I would have accepted your point if Kane didn’t do both assist as well as become top scorer in the PL just last season I”m sorry to disagree and say Kane is not the problem of Spurs and never has been we were blaming all the managers all the players last +20 and nothing changes why because some of us are ignoring implicit or explicit where the problem lies if you want to solve any problem in life you have to address the source and root cause and unless that happens we will be in this cycle sorry to say cheers.

Len
Len
1 month ago
Reply to  Cali

I am not blaming Kane, I said he is part of the problem using in the pitch example to back that up. I prefer to see my striker doing his damage in the final third, not playing long passes that Son has to do a lot to get it in the net. There are time when it becomes necessary like in transition. I look at football on the pitch and less in the board room once the team is set it is up the individuals to put forth collective effort and become a team.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Len

I thought Tangy was one of the better players on the pitch certainly the first half. However it’s his own fault if he keeps getting dug out every time we lose. I can’t decide to just turn up when it suits you.

Len
Len
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

You cannot drop the blame also on a guy that busted his butt last year and Mason came in and play his buddies. But you see no relation as to why he wanted to leave and Nuno never made an effort to try and wipe the slate clean.

Last edited 1 month ago by Len
BobbytheBrain
BobbytheBrain
1 month ago
Reply to  Len

Tanguy has never busted his considerable butt in a Spurs shirt.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Good morning all.

ENIC OUT.

Cheers.

Cali
Cali
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand

Amen to that cheers

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