Video: ‘A good chance’ – Journalist comments on what’s next for Ndombele at Spurs

Tanguy Ndombele
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Football correspondent David Ornstein has claimed there is a ‘good chance’ Tanguy Ndombele will leave Tottenham on loan this month as he feels the club will struggle to make back what they spent on him. 

The 25-year-old has had trouble making an impact for the majority of his stint at the club since joining for a record £63 million fee in the summer of 2019. 

Ndombele sought an exit from Spurs last summer with a handful of European sides showing an interest, but the attempt came to nothing and forced him to stay in North London. 

His future has since been plunged into further doubt, with the Frenchman booed off in the FA Cup win over Morecambe after showing a lack of urgency to leave the pitch with his side trailing. 

Spurs are said to have held talks regarding a strategy to offload Ndombele this month, but there are likely to be complications with the midfielder still having three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract. 

That notion has been agreed with by Ornstein, who believes the length of his contract and £200,000-a-week wages could be a big stumbling block for Spurs should they look to sell him. 

As such, The Athletic journalist feels a loan move this month will be the likeliest scenario for the former Lyon midfielder. 

Speaking on BBC Sport’s Transfer Gossip Daily podcast, Ornstein said: “It would be most straightforward for him to go abroad. It hasn’t really worked out in English football so far. 

“He’s shown flashes of brilliance but never really what we’ve been expecting. 

“He got booed off as he walked very slowly from the pitch with Spurs 1-0 down at home to Morecambe. That’s never going to endear yourself to the fans and many of them are saying there’s no way back from this. 

“We have seen things change quickly in football, but the problem with this one is that there’s no real market for him and Spurs are certainly not going to recoup what they spent. 

“So I think there’s a good chance he’ll leave on loan overseas, but not on a permanent basis.”

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The entire move for Ndombele has been a failure overall and while Spurs still have value in him, it will be hard to offload him permanently with clubs likely to be put off by the large finances that come with a deal. Both parties clearly need a fresh start away from each other, so Spurs need to push for a sale this month or at the end of term. 

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