Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has told Sky Sports that Spurs fans haven’t seen the best of him yet, saying there’s “still more to come” from him.
The 23-year-old arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to much fanfare last summer in a club record deal, Spurs having reportedly agreed an initial fee of around £55million with Lyon.
Ndombele’s early days at Tottenham weren’t exactly smooth sailing amid injuries and loss of form, and his end-of-season tally last term saw him made 21 Premier League appearances, with just 12 starts.
Indeed, in Spurs’ last trip to Burnley, in early March, he was hauled off at half-time by Jose Mourinho as the North Londoners laboured to a 1-1 draw, and was criticised by the Portuguese.
Fast-forward nearly eight months and Tottenham were back at Turf Moor, running out 1-0 winners as Ndombele put in a good performance complete with driving runs, great passes and attempts on goal.
When asked about Mourinho’s comments after last season’s meeting with Burnley, Ndombele told Sky Sports: “His words didn’t hurt me. They didn’t necessarily motivate me either.
“It was just something that I assimilated and took on board. Of course it’s not something that you like to hear, those sort of words, but that was last season and we are looking to the future.”
He added: “I don’t think we have seen the best of Tanguy Ndombele yet. I’m on the right track but there’s still more to come.”
Ndombele is a talented player, his exploits with Lyon leading to Spurs spending a lot of money on him, and he didn’t suddenly become bad overnight.
A change of club and country, the change of manager at Tottenham and the player’s injuries and loss of form will all have played their part.
Some players hit the ground running when changing clubs and/or countries but others will take a while longer, and need a bit more man-management to really get up the gears.
The £200,000-a-week ace is now showing the kind of form that led to Spurs splashing out on him, and it’s great to hear there’s still more to come from him.