Frank McAvennie has criticised Daniel Levy’s recruitment strategy at Tottenham after the full extent of Tanguy Ndombele’s transfer cost was revealed.
The French midfielder joined the club in the summer of 2019 for an estimated £63 million fee, but has often struggled to live up to expectations in N17.
It was recently revealed that Ndombele’s fee plus his £200,000-a-week wage packet, would set the club back more than £110 million over the course of his contract.
Ndombele allegedly told Spurs chiefs that he wanted to leave the club this summer, but the Frenchman ended up staying put in North London beyond the window. He missed out on the entirety of pre-season, but has since worked his way back into Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
However, that has still not convinced former West Ham striker McAvennie, who claims Ndombele is ‘not fit to wear the shirt’ after his failure to live up to expectations.
He also hit out at chairman Levy’s strategy for recruitment after signing yet another player who has not fulfilled the paid transfer value.
McAvennie told Football Insider: “The recruitment needs to be so much better. They have been signing players who are not fit to wear the shirt. That Ndombele for starters.
“I said in the summer how strange everything was and he cost an absolute fortune. A fortune for someone who doesn’t want to play, keeps asking to leave and never delivers.
“Who sanctioned that? Well, it was Levy, wasn’t it? Those kinds of rank signings need to stop if they want actual progress.”
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Big price tags that accompany players often put them under a lot of pressure to perform, though their valuation is the decision of the club instead. It hasn’t happened for Ndombele at Spurs so far, and the most we have got is a few glimpses of what he can do.
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