Tottenham Hotspur smashed their club record transfer this summer with the £53.8million arrival of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon (The Mirror).
The fee eclipsed the £42million which the North London club paid Ajax for Davinson Sanchez in 2017.
Despite scoring the equaliser against Aston Villa during his Premier League debut, Ndombele is yet to reach the heights which saw him become one of European football’s most highly regarded young talents at Lyon.
Former Spurs striker Darren Bent has claimed that it appears that the 22-year-old is being forced to play despite not appearing to be fully fit (Football Insider).
Ndombele has already missed two matches this season after suffering a minor thigh injury in training and came back into the side for the 2-1 loss at Leicester City last weekend.
Bent believes that the French international still looks off the pace and suggested that Pochettino is unsure what his strongest starting eleven is at present.
He told Football Insider: “I’m not sure if he’s fit. They spent a lot of money on him and we saw signs against Villa that he is going to be a key player. He’s been hit by injury and the Premier League is tough, it takes a little bit of time.
“He doesn’t look fit. With the performances that are going on, it feels kind of forced, that he’d rather just get him out there to see what he can do, give him 70 minutes. At the minute, it just doesn’t look like they know what their best team is.”
Ndombele is just 22 and needs time to adapt to playing in the Premier League. His injury came at an unfortunate time and he has already showed glimpses that he will be a key player for us in the future.
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