Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been praised by Alan Shearer, who believes the Frenchman has shown that Spurs are not just about Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
The 24-year-old is in amazing form at present, his maiden-season issues at Tottenham now a distant memory, and was especially scintillating against Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs ran out 3-1 winners at Bramall Lane and the hosts had no answer to Ndombele’s passing, link-up play and engine, not to mention his spectacular third goal, an improvised lob over Aaron Ramsdale.
The result means Jose Mourinho’s charges finished the weekend fifth in the Premier League table, just four points off the summit in what is proving one of the most open title races in recent years.
Shearer believes Tottenham are well and firmly in contention, giving his verdict on the North Londoners alongside the current top four on BBC Sport.
“Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been outstanding for Jose Mourinho’s side all season but Tanguy Ndombele showed Spurs are not just about those two with his man-of-the-match display against the Blades,” he wrote.
“Spurs have had their issues too, mostly with dropping points from winning positions in recent weeks. At 2-0 up, they had a sloppy 10 or 15 minutes after half-time at Bramall Lane where they conceded and let Sheffield United back into the game, but Ndombele’s brilliant goal was the perfect response and made the points safe.”
Ndombele is a player of the highest calibre, his exploits with Lyon leading to Spurs spending a club record £63million on him, and after his difficult first season, he’s now finally in top form.
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 in his struggles last year.
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 world-class form that led to Spurs splashing out on him, and no doubt there will be much more to come from him.