Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has praised Tanguy Ndombele following his impressive display off the bench for Spurs last night and the efforts he’s put in on the training ground.
The 23-year-old got just 45 minutes under his belt for Tottenham in pre-season after missing out on the early matches through injury, though he did feature off the bench against Everton.
Prior to the Europa League trip to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Mourinho said Ndombele wouldn’t be starting, but he replaced Moussa Sissoko on the hour and went on to score the winner late on.
When asked by Football London after the game whether it could prove a turning point, Mourinho replied: “Tanguy is in a process of evolution. Last season he wasn’t.
“Last season he stuck in a situation where I couldn’t see evolution. In this moment he’s training very, very well.
“He’s recovering from his injury, he’s recovering physically and today he gave us what we needed in this last 30 minutes.
“In this moment, I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his quality. Never. I doubted in some moments his motivation and commitment and professional attitude.
“In this moment I believe in him. Today we made this decision together to not start the game because he also feels that he needs a bit more but in this moment I think that Tanguy can do well for us.”
While Ndombele’s maiden Spurs campaign proved difficult for numerous reasons, Mourinho is clearly not giving up on the £200,000-a-week ace, and his displays against Everton and Plovdiv have earned him plaudits aplenty.
Much like Sissoko struggled at Spurs initially before going on to become a key player, Ndombele is finally showing signs of getting back to his best, which bodes well for the rest of the season and beyond.