Tanguy Ndombele again came in for plaudits at the weekend.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was brilliant to watch against Chelsea, showing his superb aptitude for taking players on and protecting the ball when under pressure.
The 23-year-old – signed from Lyon in the summer of 2019 – is getting better with each passing game and appears to finally be justifying why the club forked out so much money to sign him.
But there is one thing that continues to happen regarding Ndombele that suggests the player does still have a bit of work to do to get to that next level.
Despite his fine performance against Chelsea, Ndombele was substituted by Jose Mourinho after 65 minutes – which is becoming something of a trend.
The French star has started the last seven league games which is a definite sign of progression, but has been hooked before the end in all of those matches. In the last four league outings he hasn’t made it beyond 70 minutes, and he’s failed to stay on beyond the 80-minute mark. so far.
He has completed 90 minutes just once this term – against Shkendija in Europa League qualifying back in September.
TBR’s View – Ndombele’s one last mini-hurdle
Ndombele probably made way against Chelsea having also played for an hour in the Europa League on Thursday, but he hasn’t always featured on a Thursday and still been subbed off in a Premier League game.
He never looks particularly pleased to be withdrawn these days, suggesting he perhaps feels he has more to give in the game.
Hopefully he can prove to Mourinho that he is fit enough to last a full 90 on a regular basis.
Spurs are undoubtedly better for having him on the field – at times, he is simply unplayable the way he can glide out of trouble and through the lines.