Pochettino's team all think 24-year-old would be flying at Tottenham if he'd have stayed, journalist claims
Charlie Eccleshare has suggested on the View from the Lane podcast that former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino really felt that he could get the best out of Tanguy Ndombele.
Pochettino was sacked just months after sanctioning a club record deal to bring Ndombele to Tottenham.
Since that moment things haven’t really worked out for the Frenchman.
Although Ndombele has shown flashes of quality, and he did become a key player under Jose Mourinho for a stage, there is a feeling that he has never really lived up to his transfer fee.
Ndombele actually agitated for a move away from Spurs this summer, and Nuno has not played him at all to date.
That has led to some criticism of Ndombele from Spurs supporters.
But Eccleshare insists that Pochettino thinks things may have worked out differently if he had remained in charge.
He said: “Had Pochettino stayed [things might have been different]. That’s a really important thing to remember.
“If you ask them, Pochettino and his team, they really felt that they could get something out of Ndombele and he could have been a success.”
For the second season running Ndombele now finds himself shut out and having to fight his way back in at Tottenham.
Last term he did a solid job of proving to Mourinho that he had a part to play.
But whether he will still have the heart to do so again remains to be seen.
If he is to come back into contention under Nuno he may well have to impress in Europe first.
Tottenham are in the Europa Conference League this season and Nuno has used the competition as a chance to rotate his squad to date, which could see Ndombele given opportunities.