Darren Bent has admitted that he has been left impressed by Tanguy Ndombele’s recent performances and that the Frenchman is showing shades of Mousa Dembele at his prime.
Few would have anticipated during the summer that ten games into the Premier League season, Ndombele would become one of Tottenham’s most important players.
The midfielder’s relationship with Jose Mourinho seemed to have reached the point of no return last season and the 23-year-old hardly got any minutes under his belt when the league restarted after the lockdown.
However, he has now established himself as a mainstay in Tottenham’s midfield and has proven to be the main creative outlet in the middle of the park for Mourinho’s men over the last few weeks.
The former Lyon man showed his strength, balance and quick feet by breezing past NGolo Kante on a couple of occasions in the first half of the 0-0 draw against Chelsea, and Bent believes it is that combination of power and guile that makes the midfielder so dangerous.
The former Tottenham striker told Football Insider: “Of the midfielders, Ndombele is the one. He is the one that really, really caught my eye and I thought: ‘Okay, now we’re starting to see somebody who reminds me scarily of Mousa Dembele, someone that they’ve missed for a long time.’
“When Sissoko plays in there, he’s strong, when Eric Dier plays in there, he’s strong. You’ve got Harry Winks who is a good footballer but not the most physical but in Ndombele you’ve got someone who could do both.
“If you look at his run, I think it was for the first goal (v Ludogorets) where he beats about three or four players, they’re all trying to pull him down, they’re trying to kick him down, they can’s stop him because he’s too powerful.
“So, I mean yeah the turnaround has been magnificent, That’s fair play to Jose Mourinho getting the best out of him, believing in him, working with him and it’s gotten him to this level – as I said, it’s quite scary.”
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