Jamie O’Hara has warned that Tottenham could have another Adel Taarabt on their hands in Tanguy Ndombele, adding that he hasn’t been keen on the Frenchman so far.
The former Spurs man was giving his verdict on the midfielder ahead of the eagerly anticipated North London Derby on Sunday.
Ndombele has endured a difficult start to the campaign having missed the entirety of Nuno Espirito Santo’s pre-season preparations, only making his first appearance last week against Rennes.
He has since found himself in the starting line-up in Spurs’ following two games, playing just over an hour in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea and recording 90 minutes against Wolves in the Carabao Cup.
Ndombele endured a mixed performance in the fixture at Molineux, opening the scoring for Nuno’s side, but was arguably at fault with some sloppy defending for both of Wolves’ goals.
Spurs eventually emerged victorious against Bruno Lage’s side, winning 3-2 on penalties, but O’Hara still hasn’t been convinced by the Frenchman and compared his style to one former Spurs midfielder.
O’Hara told Football London: “I’m not having him. He’s not for me. If I played in midfield with him, he would drive me mad.
“He reminds me of a lad called Adel Taarabt who, he came in at Spurs, went to QPR and had a great season, ends up at AC Milan. Unbelievable ability, can do anything with a football where you go ‘wow’ but will cost the team every single week.”
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Ndombele with the ball at his feet is majestic and we’ve seen his sky-high ability on a number of occasions. Consistency and injuries have been a problem but, hopefully, he can turn a corner and become an established performer in the Spurs side.
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