Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Tanguy Ndombele looked ‘dead on his feet’ during Tottenham’s win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side edged past an in-form Villa team with a 2-1 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium courtesy of a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg finish and an own-goal by Matt Targett, either side of an Ollie Watkins strike.
Ndombele started the fixture in a slightly different position than we have seen him in recent weeks, sitting just behind striker Harry Kane in the number 10 role.
Aside from a moment of quality in the second-half which almost resulted in a goal, the Frenchman had a tough afternoon in which he looked loose in possession and hesitant in his altered role.
He was replaced by Giovani Lo Celso on the 76-minute mark with Nuno looking to see out a win after three successive defeats, but former Spurs man O’Hara believes the substitution should have happened earlier in the game.
The pundit believes Ndombele tired before the hour mark and Nuno should have acted there and then to make a move.
He told Stadium Astro: “[Tanguy] Ndombele looked like he was dead on his feet after an hour, left him on for another sort of 15 minutes.”
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Ndombele has had better days in a Spurs shirt and many thought he would have excelled in his role further forward, with less defensive responsibilities. He tried to take risks and be ambitious but it didn’t really come together for him against Villa. But, the most important thing is Spurs secured an important win ahead of the international break.
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