Mauricio Pochettino has warned that there shouldn’t be too much pressure put on Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele and believes he’s going to need time to settle in North London.
The French midfielder joined Spurs this summer for a club record fee of £53.8million (BBC) from Lyon and there is plenty of expectation of him.
His competitive debut saw him score an equalising goal against Aston Villa in the Premier League and he looked a real powerhouse in the centre of the park.
The box-to-box midfielder is a 22-year-old that is being tipped for a huge future and he’s made the move to England to try succeed.
Spurs boss Pochettino is pleased with the early signs from Ndombele, but was key to stress he cannot be judged too early and it will take him.
Moussa Sissoko is a prime example of a player struggling at first when he moved to North London, but he’s turned it around and is now a key part of the side.
“We are not going to judge too much in his performance. He needs time, players that in the past maybe need one season to settle in the team and learn,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Football.London.
“He’s now playing in the team and scoring and for me the performance was very good. We are so happy but we cannot add pressure on him.
“He needs to be part of trying to help the team, not the player will arrive and be decisive and key to winning. It’s important to know. He’s still young and he’s going to start his third season like a professional and we need to be careful for him.”
Ndombele’s debut was of course positive following his important goal, but he was nowhere near his best and he struggled creatively like several of his teammates.
He has all the attributes with his pace and power to be a hit in the Premier League, but it can take longer for some players to adapt than others.
The youngster could really announce his arrival if he delivers a match-winning display in a massive league fixture away to Manchester City on Saturday evening.
Ndombele is likely to be an important player this season after big money was spent on him, but it’s only natural for the manager to try keep a lid on expectations.