Media say Ndombele will have to improve a lot after Napoli win
Tanguy Ndombele will have to improve a lot if he wants to become a key man for Napoli, according to Calciomercato, with the Tottenham Hotspur loanee receiving a 5.5 rating following his latest performance.
Ndombele is still finding his feet at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. And Spurs fans will probably not be too surprised to learn that he is yet to stay on the pitch for longer than 45 minutes in any of his four appearances for the club.
The Frenchman was an unused substitute for the amazing Champions League win over Liverpool in midweek. But he was back in the side for Saturday as Napoli hosted Spezia.
It proved to be another good result for Luciano Spalletti’s men. A late goal gave them a 1-0 win to remain the pace-setters in Serie A.
Ndombele was not on the pitch by the time the winner was scored. In fact, he came off at the break.
According to Whoscored, the 25-year-old failed to make a single key pass. He also failed to attempt a single dribble or make an interception. And he only made one tackle.
Calciomercato saw some positives to Ndombele’s display. However, the Italian outlet conceded that he is still some way off the pace.
“The pace is already starting to be better than the race against Lecce, but he is not yet 100%,” Calciomercato wrote, as they gave him a 5.5 rating. “He has to grow a lot to be the protagonist in this Napoli side.”
Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport rated his display even lower, with a 5/10 score.
Ndombele will have to improve
It does appear that Ndombele is probably done at Tottenham. He has failed to impress under a number of bosses. And Antonio Conte ultimately lost faith in him also.
Should Conte stick around, there is surely no way that Ndombele will feature for the club again.
So the loan spell at Napoli is important. Spurs will hope that it leads to interest in him building. And they will want his value to be as high as possible.
The coming weeks will be very interesting. His spell could go one of two ways, it seems. It could be that he is indeed getting closer and closer to full fitness and he will find his best form at some stage.
But some may well be expecting Ndombele to simply fail to clear the hurdle which has tripped him up in the past.
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