Tottenham legend Ledley King has raved about Tanguy Ndombele’s ability and has claimed fans will get to see the best of the midfielder when he has a consistent run in the side.
There were huge expectations on Ndombele’s shoulders when he arrived from Lyon last summer but he has had an extremely disappointing first season in North London.
The midfielder has suffered from injury problems and there have even been questions raised about his attitude and work ethic (Sky Sports).
Some reports have suggested that Spurs want to move the French international on after just one season at the club (Football Insider) but reports over recent weeks have claimed that the Lilywhites have no intention of letting him depart (PA Sport journalist Jonathan Veal).
King insisted that the injuries the former Lyon man suffered in the early part of the season meant that he never quite got used to the pace and demands of the Premier League.
He backed the 23-year-old to showcase his qualities when he is able to acclimatise to English football.
When asked about the midfielder, King told the Beautiful Game Podcast: “I tell you what I see, I see a player with unbelievable ability.
“But it has been difficult for him. I think it started in pre-season, he picked up an injury and he found the pace of English football and the training totally different to what he was used to.
“I think he struggled at first and then picked up an injury. When that happens you’re playing catch-up throughout the season.
“But he’s got unbelievable ability, you don’t lose that overnight. He just has to learn about the pace of the Premier League. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance and it’s about him regaining his full fitness.
“I’m sure given a good run in the team you’re going to see how good this player is.”
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I believe a lot hinges on how Ndombele performs when the Premier League resumes next month. The four-month break should have given him ample time to regain his fitness. While the midfielder’s ability is obvious for all to see, I wouldn’t be surprised if the club decides to cut their loses on him this summer if he shows no signs of improvement in the final ten games of the campaign.
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