Why Tanguy Ndombele is exactly who Spurs need

There’s no doubt about it; Tanguy Ndombele is the epitome of the modern-day incontrista.

Over the last couple of weeks, Tottenham have made significant progress in their bid to bring the Frenchman to North London, yesterday agreeing a club record £65 million fee for the midfielder, a testament to how good he is as well as how good he can be. But what can the highly rated former Amiens player bring to Mauricio Pochettino’s side? Here’s our analysis of Ndombele.

A brief background

Beginning his career at newly-promoted Amiens SC, Ndombele only managed one season before Olympique Lyonnais came and snapped him up. He had led the relegation favourites to a respectable 13th position. He initially went on a loan to Lyon, but a permanent fee of around €10m was all but assured.

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Style of Play

We see many midfielders nowadays with the capability to bring the ball out of the back and slice through the opposition defence with inch-perfect passes. But Tanguy Ndombele is different. Whilst possessing supreme control and technique no different from a tricky wide-man, he still manages to retain that rough-edged, tough-tackling side to his game. It’s a fine-edged balance in modern football but, at 22 years of age, Ndombele has mastered it…

Last season the Frenchman was a mainstay in 3rd place Lyon’s starting eleven, forming a dynamic pivot with local talent Houssem Aouar. Ndombele registered an average of 2.4 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game in 2018/19, epitomizing the industrious midfielder’s defensive qualities. All stats are courtesy of WhoScored

Yet alongside shielding the back four, Ndombele is excellent going forward, registering 7 assists in Ligue 1 last season whilst scoring 1 goal. He averaged 1.4 key passes and 1.9 dribbles per game too, showing his prowess whilst going forward too. The man is an incredible box to box midfielder, willing to work hard and possessing the qualities to take Spurs to the next level.

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