Tottenham Hotspur broke their transfer record in the summer to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. The fee involved, as reported by The Guardian, was in the region of £55 million. Hopes were certainly high that the Frenchman could become a genuine star in the Tottenham midfield.
But despite flashes of brilliance, it has largely been a disappointing campaign for the 23-year-old.
Injuries, fitness and a managerial change have also not helped matters. It has led to some suggestions that Tottenham could cut their losses on the midfielder in the summer.
However, it is worth remembering that Tottenham have found themselves in a similar situation before, and the player in question went on to become an integral first-team member.
One example is Moussa Sissoko, but even more so, in the case of Heung-min Son.
The South Korean struggled with fitness and form after his £22 million (The Telegraph) move from Bayer Leverkusen.
In fact, it was even suggested Tottenham might let him go. It came after Son’s terrible display against Newcastle United in the infamous final day 5-1 loss back in 2016.
The Telegraph suggested that the Tottenham hierarchy were ready to cut their losses on Son and teams in Germany were being linked with potentially bringing him back to the Bundesliga.
In the end, according to Wolfsburger Allgemeine, it was Pochettino who vetoed an exit despite VfL Wolfsburg closing in on a deal for the player.
Since then, the South Korean has gone on to become a Tottenham hero and scored 75 goals in 180 games after his disappointing first campaign.
Unfortunately for Ndombele and, potentially, Tottenham fans, Mourinho doesn’t currently look likely to veto an exit for the midfielder should an offer come in this summer.
Which is a shame, because as Son has proved, a little time might be all he needs.