Alasdair Gold has revealed that he was impressed with Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele during the side’s warm-down session following the win over Leeds United.
Spurs produced a positive second-half display to secure a 2-1 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side, with goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon enough to cancel out Daniel James’ opener.
Ndombele, 24, was an unused substitute in Sunday’s encounter, in what was his third game starting from the bench under Antonio Conte so far.
The midfielder was part of the Italian manager’s post-game warm-down session led by fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone, who has typically deployed gruelling training techniques for players who have not featured or completed full matches.
However, Football.London journalist Gold noticed the Frenchman was one of the sharpest Spurs players taking part in the session and was taking it all in at an excellent pace.
He said on the Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham podcast: “We watched him (Ndombele) after the game when they were putting them through their paces with what they do now, the fitness drills for those who didn’t play and he was among the fastest.
“He was up and down, hitting every mark on the reactions tests, twisting, turning, speeding and sprinting and all of that.”
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Ndombele hasn’t had many opportunities under Conte yet and that isn’t surprising given he has been challenged to play his way into contention. The warm-down isn’t a lot to go off, but it is encouraging at least that he is working hard.
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