Ex-defender claims Spurs may have made an error with summer signing

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has said that summer signing Tanguy Ndombele’s injury record since arriving in North London is something for the club to be concerned about.

Tottenham shattered their transfer record to land the French international in the summer but after making a promising start to the season, the 23-year-old has failed to create much of an impact in recent months.

A succession of injuries has meant that Ndombele has not been able to get a run of games under his belt with Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho critical of the midfielder’s injury record (Goal.com).

After putting in an impressive performance against Norwich, Ndombele once again went off injured early in the game against Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Bent insisted that the former Lyon player’s fitness issues were worrying given how much money the club spent on him in the summer. He claimed that the club might not have done their proper homework on Ndombele before signing him.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former England striker said: “You’ve got to say it’s a little bit of a concern.

“I wouldn’t say he’s injury prone but when you spend that amount of money on a player he really needs to be out there every week or if he’s not out there every week, if it’s tactical fair enough. If it’s fitness-wise, he needs to be out there every week.

“If he keeps pulling up with these injuries then someone’s not done their homework. If this is an issue then someone’s not done their homework.”

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It is not a case of Tottenham not having done their homework as Ndombele had a good injury record at Lyon. It is only natural that he will take time to get used to the pace and intensity of the Premier League. Hopefully, his body will adapt and we will start to see him show his undoubted talent on a more consistent basis.

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