‘I am not allowed to be satisfied’ – Tottenham new boy speaks out on desire for progress

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur finally opened their wallet this summer after nearly 18-months without spending a penny on a single new player.

Unfortunately for Pochettino, three of the four stars Tottenham invested in have yet to make a start in a Lilywhite jersey.

Jack Clarke has been out on loan to Leeds United, but has failed to even make a start in the Championship there. Ryan Sessegnon is still carrying the same hamstring injury he had when Tottenham signed him from Fulham.

And Giovani Lo Celso may have featured three times under Poch, but he picked up an injury on duty for Argentina before he could earn his full debut.

However, one Tottenham new boy has stood head and shoulders above the majority of the squad this season, as Tanguy Ndombele has been a shining light in midfield.

Already with two goals and one assist to his name in just six games for the Lilywhites (Transfer Markt), Ndombele insists that he cannot stand still without risking losing his spot to other players.

He said (Canal Plus): “No, I’m not comfortable. I remain focused, I try and go forward all the while thinking you can quickly go backwards. Can I disappear from the world football radar? Yes, at least that’s how I look at things. Maybe in five years time, no one will be speaking about me, and there’s young talent coming out every year in football.

“Just look at Rennes now, the little Camavinga who’s 16. If he could take my spot in the France team? It’s possible, that’s why I say I have to stay focused. You never know in football. It’s just humility. You see people like Ronaldo and Messi with five Ballon d’Ors. They’re never satisfied. They want more. I’m now at Tottenham. I’m not allowed to be satisfied. I also want more”.

On the defeat to Bayern, he added: “It’s something that’s hard to explain. It reminded me of a game last year (with Lyon) when we lost 5-0. It doesn’t reflect how the game went, but it’s the score at the end, and it’s a game that’s tough to swallow”.

Spurs Web Opinion:

That is the mentality we like to hear. Too many Spurs players are comfortable at the moment and seem to assume that they can hold down a starting spot with minimal quality and effort. Pochettino needs his new players to light a fire under the squad.

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