‘Clearly issues off the field’ – Robinson predicts difficult season for Spurs player

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Paul Robinson believes that Tottenham Hotspur are facing a difficult predicament with Tanguy Ndombele after failing to sell the midfielder during the summer transfer window.

Ndombele has not been named in the matchday squad by Nuno Espirito Santo in any of the three Premier League matches or the two legs against Pacos De Ferreira so far this season.

The Frenchman reportedly made it clear to the club during that summer that he wished to leave North London ahead of the deadline.

However, despite being linked with the likes of Juventus in the final weeks of the transfer window, no move materialised for the 24-year-old.

It remains to be seen if Ndombele will now be reintegrated into the first-team by Nuno after the Spurs boss hinted last month that the ball was in the former Lyon man’s court if he wished to be involved.

Robinson believes that Tottenham could be left with a messy situation on their hands if Nuno does not find a role for the midfielder this season.

When asked about Ndombele’s situation, the former Spurs number one told Football Insider: “He’s still the club’s record transfer.

“His wages are going to be huge and if he’s surplus to requirements, it’s going to be a difficult season for him.

“There are clearly issues off the field because it’s not just one manager he’s had a problem with, it’s both of them.

“When he plays and he’s on it, he looks brilliant but he doesn’t do it enough.

“It’s a catch 22 situation now because Spurs aren’t going to recoup anywhere near £60million if he’s not in the first team.

“If he does knuckle down there’s a role for him, it’s a really difficult situation.

“They could end up with a very expensive player on huge wages sat in the stands every week.”

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Finding a buyer for Ndombele is going to be near impossible if he does not get game time before January since no club iare likely to match the £200,000-a-week salary that we are currently paying him.

Hopefully, the lack of interest from top clubs will serve as a kick on the backside for the midfielder. He needs to perform well over the next few months if he wants big clubs to vie for him in January.

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