Opinion: How to get the best out of Tanguy Ndombele

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Tanguy Ndombele
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The big-money signing has split opinion with fans and despite scoring on his debut he has not settled to the Premier League as quickly as some people predicted. Although this is not surprising due to having to learn a new language and be part of a new team.

In both games, he has had poor first halves but ended the match well. This may be partially due to Pochettino’s tactics, but he will have to start games better as he settles into the English game.

However, the problem Pochettino is going to have is how to keep him in the team when Alli and Son are back and fit. A potential solution could be to have him on the bench for a few matches. This would give him the chance to get used to the league gradually. He could then come off the bench with higher fitness levels than the opposition and show his talent.

This would also allow Spurs to rotate their central midfield options, especially with cup competitions starting within the next month. The European matches may also suit his style more as he gets used to the Premier League.

Currently, the midfield two of Winks and Sissoko is an effective combination of tackling and linking the play. At the moment, Ndombele seems to do neither. Sissoko himself had a difficult start to his Spurs career and easing Ndombele into the first team may be much more beneficial in the long term.

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