Rio Ferdinand raves about Spurs star who ‘can turn defence into attack very quickly’

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Dom Le Roy

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand singled out Tanguy Ndombele for praise after Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday, a result that took Spurs to the top of the Premier League table.

Jose Mourinho once again started with a three-man midfield of Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojberjg and Moussa Sissoko.

While Sissoko and Hojbjerg mopped up everything in front of the back four, Ndombele was given the freedom to join the front three in attack.

The midfielder set up Tottenham’s first goal with a brilliant turn to get away from two City players before perfectly clipping a through ball over the top for Son Heung-min to sweep home past Ederson.

Mourinho admitted after the match that the 23-year-old worked his socks off both on and off the ball (beIN SPORTS).

Ferdinand revealed that he is particularly impressed with the former Lyon man’s ability to turn defence into attack quickly and insisted that Ndombele is going to be a force to be reckoned with once he improves his endurance.

The 42-year-old said on his YouTube channel, Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE: “Special mention as well for Ndombele. I saw him play for Lyon against City last year or the year before last. He was magnificent.

“What I love about him is he can turn defence into attack very quickly. Physically he is very strong, but his feet, great movement, can shift a play and attack the space, and that opens the game up for attacking players in that sense.

“Some of his passes as well to some of his teammates have been fantastic. I think he is someone who is going to have a great future as long as he continues in this vein of form, his work ethic. Still needs to work on himself in terms of physicality, I think, his endurance needs a little bit of work.”

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