Tottenham Hotspur shattered their transfer record this summer with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.
The French dynamo joined in a deal that could reach £62.8 million (BBC Sport), and his arrival prompted huge excitement for Spurs supporters, who had seen their club fail to sign a player in each of the previous two transfer windows.
With the second international break of the season now upon us, perhaps the time is right to assess Ndombele’s stint at the club so far.
Spurs desperately needed to spend in the summer after two consecutive windows of idleness, and they certainly splashed out on Ndombele.
With the departure of Mousa Dembele in January, the Lilywhites needed a commanding presence in the middle of the park, but also someone with good technical qualities.
Ndombele, a real rising star in Europe, was deemed the ideal acquisition and he has the potential to be the driving force of the Spurs midfield for years to come.
How’s he looked so far?
Ndombele has shown glimpses of his ability and it’s only a matter of time before he really turns it on at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 22-year-old hasn’t dominated every game, but his presence has been felt by certain opposition.
He enjoyed a fairly solid Premier League debut against Aston Villa, and was the team’s best player against Bayern Munich before the German’s ran riot in the Champions League.
With two goals and an assist without being at his best, the signs are encouraging.
£200,000-a-week ace Ndombele (Spotrac) is probably just about a hit at this point.
Spurs as a collective are struggling, making his transition a little tricky.
His price tag means he will naturally come under a lot of scrutiny, but he has definitely shown himself to be a quality player in parts – it’s now about showing that consistency for the north Londoners and standing up to be counted for during a testing period for the club.