Emmanuel Petit has told The Sun (28/3; page 66) that he agreed with Jose Mourinho when the Tottenham Hotspur boss insisted that Tanguy Ndombele needs to do more, suggesting that his countryman has the potential to be a top player.
Ndombele has endured a mixed first season at Spurs. When he has the ball at his feet, he arguably looks almost as impressive as any player in the Premier League.
However, his work off the ball has been criticised. Mourinho himself, slammed the £54 million signing following Tottenham’s draw with Burnley earlier this month for not doing enough (via BBC Sport).
And Petit admitted that he completely agrees with the Spurs boss having followed the 23-year-old’s career since his broke through in France.
“He is not consistent enough. He doesn’t play well with any regularity,” he told The Sun (28/3; page 66). “He has quality but I agree with Mourinho in that Ndombele could do much more.
“When he is very motivated, fit and ready, with his mind and body, and when he has the ambition to perform well, he becomes a top player.”
“Is he overweight? He looks a little bit. But his body language does not help him. He needs to improve physically,” he went on to add.
“When I see him I think ‘Come on, you can do more than that’.”
TBR View – Ndombele can bounce back from tough season
There are members of Tottenham’s current squad who have previously bounced back from poor first seasons at the club.
Few could have envisaged the transformation Moussa Sissoko would enjoy. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela’s importance has increased over the years – though injury has arguably prevented the attacker from realising his full potential.
Ndombele has a possible advantage over his two teammates as he looks to bounce back. He has shown a lot of quality during his first year in North London.
An improvement during pre-season could make a huge difference and see Ndombele tick all of the boxes he currently leaves unchecked.
Petit’s concern however, appears to be that the midfielder has been here before.