Moussa Sissoko has now revealed that Tanguy Ndombele’s mood has picked up this season following an increase in the number of minutes he is getting on the pitch.
It is fair to say that the Tottenham record signing endured a rather torrid first season in North London, hampered by injuries and a lack of game time under Jose Mourinho.
The Special One even publicly named and shamed Ndombele back in March when he was hooked at half-time against Burnley (Independent).
The Frenchman found it hard to come by opportunities after that but it’s a different story this season, as he has become an integral part of the Spurs midfield, to the point that Mourinho claimed the side missed him in the Europa League last week (Football.London).
Despite Ndombele himself admitting that he considered leaving Spurs in the summer (Canal Plus – via L’Equipe), Sissoko now claims that his compatriot has settled down and is laughing in the dressing room.
He said (Football London): “When you’re a young player and you change country and you’re speaking a different language, training is very different and the league is different it’s difficult. I had that and I was just trying to tell him to be calm.
“Maybe this year is not your year but you have talent and they brought you here for that. Of course, he had problems but this season he’s showing what he can do. All of the players are happy to have Tanguy in that form.
“I don’t think he’s different this year, maybe just more open with people. When you first arrive you maybe aren’t so open. Now his English is much better and he is now playing and laughing in the dressing room. When you come you need time to adapt.
“Now the past is gone and we are focused on now. He’s happy and he’s playing well and everybody is happy in the building with what he’s doing.”
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