There were not many positives to take from Tottenham’s scoreless draw against Bournemouth on Thursday.
The game was an extremely dull affair with Spurs failing to create many clear cut chances or register a single shot on target.
However, one slight shred of consolation was the fact the North Londoners did manage to keep another clean sheet (3 in 5 matches since the restart), which have been in short supply this season.
Another potential positive was the performance of Tanguy Ndombele, who replaced Giovani Lo Celso at half-time.
The Frenchman looked lively and always tried to play forward. Even if not everything he tried came off, the midfielder offered the side some much-needed impetus going forward, which enabled Jose Mourinho’s side to finish the game strongly.
Ben Davies was certainly impressed with what the 23-year-old bought to the table on Thursday.
The Welshman spoke in glowing terms about the midfielder’s performance.
As quoted by Football.London, Davies said: “I think Tanguy can help, I think he did well when he came on.
“That’s what we have to do, really. In games like that when it’s a bit flat, you need players to come in and try to change the game. Try things and look lively.
“I think he did that for us last night and a couple of better balls and he might have had a goal or assist himself.”
The left-back also admitted that the team needed to improve considerably for the all-important North London Derby on Sunday.
He added: “I think it’s fair to say we need to improve against Arsenal.
“It was a tough game [against Bournemouth]. We worked hard, put a fight in but lacked a bit of spark. We didn’t create enough chances. It was disappointing.”
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I thought Ndombele progressed the ball much better than the likes of Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso have been in recent games. He also looked like he wanted to prove a point when he came on.
However, we certainly cannot read too much it into one good half. On the back of his display on Thursday, I would be surprised if Jose does not use the Frenchman more in the upcoming games. I am pretty certain that he will start on the bench again on Sunday but he could come on for a cameo.
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