Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has come to the defence of Tanguy Ndombele following a first season of struggle.
The dynamo joined the club last summer from Lyon to become the club’s record signing, and his arrival was much hyped.
It has not been plain sailing for the 23-year-old, who has been unable to nail down a starting spot due to injury and lack of form.
The arrival of Jose Mourinho in December has seemingly not helped the player, and it’s been frequently claimed that the Portuguese is not such a big fan of the midfielder.
Despite a rocky first term, Ndombele has the support of the fans who have certainly seen glimpses of his talent.
He also has the backing of his teammates.
Sissoko, a man who also struggled in the early days of his Tottenham career, said (Guardian): “Maybe because I am like his big brother, I am a good example because nothing was easy for me at the beginning.
“I told him just to stay calm, keep working every day and his time will come. I just worked very hard at training [when times were tough at Spurs] and things changed.
“We all believe in Tanguy’s quality. He has come to another country, another culture, another style of football, another league, he doesn’t speak the language – so there are a lot of things.”
TBR View – Sissoko example perfect for Ndombele
If Ndombele – who has started just one game since the restart – wants to turn things around at Spurs then Sissoko’s journey has to be his inspiration.
It took months for the 30-year-old to justify his reported £30 million price tag (BBC Sport), and he did extremely well to change the perception of him.
Ndombele is undoubtedly in a difficult moment, but the fact one of his close friends had similar problems could give him strong belief to turn things around.