Moussa Sissoko has now revealed that he has told fellow Frenchman, Tanguy Ndombele to “stay calm, be patient, and keep working every day” after what has been a challenging first season for the club’s record signing.
Ndombele made the switch to Spurs last summer from Lyon for a club-record transfer fee of around £54m (Transfermarkt).
However, despite the hefty price tag, Ndombele has struggled for consistent form this season and has rarely been handed starts under Jose Mourinho.
His fellow countryman, Sissoko, who also endured a tricky start to his White Hart Lane life, has now issued some advice for the 23-year-old.
“I am like his big brother,” Sissoko told the Daily Mail.
“I am a good example because nothing was easy for me at the beginning. I didn’t say much, I was just working very hard at training and things changed.”
Sissoko joined Spurs from Newcastle United in 2016 for £30m but struggled to kick start his career on the pitch until two years later (Transfermarkt).
“Tanguy’s first season has not been easy for a lot of reasons. But I spoke with him nearly every day. I play with him in the national team so I know him very well. I told him just to stay calm, be patient, keep working every day and his time will come,” Sissoko added.
Ndombele has made 20 appearances for Spurs this season, however, just over a third of them have come in the starting XI (TransferMarkt).
Despite Ndombele’s exceptional debut where he netted from outside the box against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, a lack of fitness and injuries have prevented him from pushing on at Spurs.
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Ndombele seems to have lost weight over lockdown and from a fan’s perspective he looks to have done what he can to break back into the starting XI. It should now be a case of slowly getting opportunities under Mourinho and playing his way back into the Special One’s plans. One would assume that he will be handed at least two starts from the upcoming congested fixture period.
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