Charlie Eccleshare has claimed on the latest episode of the View from the Lane podcast Mauricio Pochettino felt he could get the best out of Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham Hotspur.
The club record signing from Lyon has endured a tough time following his move to England and was reported to have submitted a transfer request this summer (Football.London).
The 24-year-old previously told L’Equipe after making the move to North London that it was Pochettino who was the deciding factor.
Pochettino was sacked by Daniel Levy just months after sanctioning a club record deal to bring the midfielder to the club and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Ndombele had a rude awakening to his life at Tottenham under Pochettino and was said to have told friends just a matter of weeks after sealing his switch that he wanted to leave over the physically demanding nature of Pochettino’s pre-season training sessions.
Eccleshare said: “Had Pochettino stayed [things might have been different]. That’s a really important thing to remember.
“If you ask them, Pochettino and his team, they really felt that they could get something out of Ndombele and he could have been a success.”
Ndombele’s move to Tottenham has been nothing short of a disaster, he has been under four managers (Pochettino, Mourinho, Mason and Nuno) and has still failed to hit the heights expected of him.
It is clear to see he has the ability that many midfielders could only dream of, however, there are serious question marks over his desire and determination to put in the hard yards to be a top class footballer.
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