‘A protagonist’ – Italian journalist admits he was wrong about Spurs midfielder

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After Tanguy Ndombele scored a brilliant goal on his debut for Napoli, Italian journalist Valter De Maggio admitted he was wrong about the Spurs midfielder.

Despite showing great potential, and costing a club record transfer fee, Ndombele’s time at Tottenham Hotspur was plagued by inconsistency.

Ndombele spent half a season on loan at Lyon in Ligue 1 after failing to impress Spurs boss Antonio Conte last year, and the Frenchman was then left out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour to South Korea (Evening Standard).

In the end, Italian side Napoli secured a season-long loan for the 25-year-old midfielder. According to The Times, the deal will cost the Serie A team £1 million upfront, and there is an option to make the move permanent for around £25 million.

Making his Napoli debut in a friendly against Juve Stabia, Ndombele scored a blistering long-range effort and gave a solid display. The performance even made journalist Valter De Maggio admit he was wrong about the Spurs man.

He said (Radio Kiss Kiss – 25/08/22 – relayed by Napoli Piu and Sport Witness): “I have to say my mea culpa for what I said about the midfielder Ndombele and I have no problem recognising my mistake in some of my evaluations.

“I said I’d never break up a midfield of Stanislav Lobotka, Frank Anguissa, and Piotr Zielinski to bring in Ndombele.

“After seeing what the former Tottenham man did against Juve Stabia, I changed my mind. How can you keep such a player out? The French footballer, for all the qualities he has, must absolutely also be a protagonist of the new Luciano Spalletti branded Napoli.”

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It’s typical, isn’t it? We have always known what Ndombele is capable of on his day, and now he goes and scores an incredible goal like that on his debut. His quality is unquestionable, and if he can just get his mentality right in Italy, he should have a brilliant season. No matter what, it’s unlikely that he will ever fit in at Spurs now, so here’s hoping the move to Napoli becomes permanent and we can move on from the whole situation.

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