Opinion: The biggest victim of the Mourinho regime – Tanguy Ndombele

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have quite clearly turned a huge corner since the arrival of Jose Mourinho in North London, with the Special One giving the club the shake-up it needed.

The major change we have seen from the gaffer so far comes in the team’s shape and formation, as he looks to play to the strengths of his best players.

Mourinho has chosen a front four of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung Min Son, and Lucas Moura to utilise the full extent of the attacking possibilities. Dele has also been pushed into his favoured number 10 roles and we are seeing the best of him as a result.

Jose has then taken the defensive focus away from liability Serge Aurier, deploying him mainly as a wing-back, with Jan Vertonghen tucking in from left-back to centre-back when Aurier goes forward.

The two holding midfielders then offer protection in the flanks and down the middle.

However, I would argue that the one player this simply does not suit is ironically the club’s record signing, Tanguy Ndombele.

This man needs the license to pick the ball up, carry it, follow into the box, and show off his skills and strength. He is not a simple holding midfielder.

While we saw bright sparks when he was in a midfield three with Winks and Sissoko, given license to roam, I fear that the new Mourinho formation will constrict him.

Where do you think Ndombele should play?

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  1. When Lamela returns Ndombele should slot nicely alongside Dier. Until then Winks or Sissoko energy is required. Lamela should replace Moura starting, gives midfield bite and provides more outlets for passes moving forward.


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