Former Tottenham Hotspur player turned pundit Alan Hutton has told the club to ‘get rid’ of Tanguy Ndombele in the summer.
Ndombele remains Tottenham’s record signing after his £63 million move from Lyon back in 2019 (talkSPORT) but has never lived up to the expectations placed upon him.
The Frenchman found himself surplus to requirements under Antonio Conte and was sent on a season-long loan to Napoli for the 2022/23 campaign.
It’s been yet another unremarkable season for Ndombele, who has just two goals and one assist in 40 games (Transfermarkt) for the newly-crowned Serie A champions.
Reports from Italy suggest Napoli are not looking to make Ndombele’s move a permanent one at the end of the season and will let him return to Spurs (Gazzetta dello Sport).
It has even been suggested that Tottenham are so keen to get the 26-year-old off their books that they will terminate his contract this summer (Football Insider).
According to Hutton, the North London club should do whatever it takes to cut ties with Ndombele.
He told Football Insider: “It just depends on what is going on in the background, what has been said, if they have had enough.
“It has been really expensive, let’s not kid ourselves. From the wages to the fee, they are not going to get anywhere near that back.
“Of course, you would try and sell him but at some stage they might need to cut their losses and get him off the books, just get rid.
“Is it worth bringing him back for pre-season to upset the camp when you are trying to move it forward with a new manager.”
However, Hutton does contemplate a scenario where Ndombele could still have a future at Spurs: “What if someone comes in, likes the player, can get the best out of him and he turns it around?
“It has been done before. You do not quite know. But first and foremost they need to get a manager in who can make that decision.”
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We cannot keep hoping that a new manager is going to get a tune out of Ndombele. He is a lost cause and needs to leave the club this summer whether that be in a sale or by termination.
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