Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has given his view on summer signing Tanguy Ndombele after his performance against Brighton on Saturday.
As per TalkSport, Murphy declared himself a fan of the Frenchman but said he lost his positional discipline at the Amex Stadium as a holding midfielder.
He said: “They’ve lost a few fundamentals, the easiest to get back. Running, pressing, tracking runners, winning tackles, desire. What helps with that is a settled formation. He should go back to two holding.
“I think Ndombele was meant to be doing that at the weekend with Dier but he’s not a holding midfielder, he just flies out of position. He’s a good player but he’s an attacking midfielder.”
TBR’s View – Ndombele’s arrival could have been the catalyst for the ill-fated diamond formation
Ndombele is a fantastic midfielder but it’s perhaps tough to pin down his best position, and that has provided a tactical conundrum for Mauricio Pochettino.
Perhaps he could play as part of a deeper pair in a 4-2-3-1 system, but as Murphy eludes to, he tends to bomb forward, which can lead to his midfield partner becoming exposed.
Bombing on from the right of a narrow diamond makes sense on paper, but it hasn’t done much for Tottenham elsewhere this term.
Can he play as the number 10? Maybe not, but a 4-3-3 with his and Moussa Sissoko’s energy either side of Harry Winks could work, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura out wide. It might be worth a try.