A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to laud Tanguy Ndombele after the midfielder produced an impressive cameo during Spurs’ Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig on Wednesday – but there is also a clear sense of frustration emanating from the supporters.
Jose Mourinho’s men will need to come from behind in Germany next month if they hope to reach the quarter-finals. A Timo Werner penalty decided the first-leg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Despite the defeat, there were a handful of extremely impressive performances from the home side. Hugo Lloris produced a number of saves that could prove crucial heading into the second-leg. Giovani Lo Celso meanwhile, was lauded by the supporters.
But there was also a lot of praise for Ndombele, despite the Frenchman only coming on for the final 25 minutes.
It is no secret that the 23-year-old has struggled with his fitness in recent times. He has not played 90 minutes since December. So it was little surprise to see him start Wednesday’s tie on the bench.
But despite his problems, he certainly provided a glimpse of his quality. Whoscored.com shows that no player on the pitch completed more dribbles than Ndombele – even though he did not start.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, his talent makes the Ndombele conundrum all the more agonising. It is clear that many supporters want the summer signing starting games.
But they are aware that he may not be ready to start on a regular basis. Nevertheless, a number of supporters on social media have lauded the youngster’s cameo. And they have expressed their hope that he will soon turn a corner.
Here is what some of the fans made of Ndombele’s performance…
i pray Ndombele gets fit hes got it that drop of a shoulder of his is beautiful
— Richard Charlie (@RichHuws) February 19, 2020
Ndombele & Lo Celso got to start Saturday. Vital. #COYS
— Simon Swinton (@simonswinton) February 19, 2020
Lo Celso and Ndombele is the way forward whilst we have no options up top. Potential in that partnership is frightening
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) February 19, 2020
Ndombele is gonna be amazing one day. And that day will be when he is fit. He’s got sooo much potential man…
— Archie (@BZChifan9) February 19, 2020
So irritating that ndombele can’t start a game to save his life but when he came on, was absolutely sensational. Started driving forward, attacking… need his fitness sorted out big time!!!
— Alexis (@Heressss_Alex) February 19, 2020
Ndombele is a baller, but needs to sort out his fitness badly. Lo Celso is immense and top draw. Winks is turning into a solid and reliable CM/DM and Sanchez is solid too all impressed me tonight only positives from the game tbh. #THFC ⚪️
— Ross Norsworthy (@rossnorsworthy1) February 19, 2020
Ndombele, Lo Celso, Sanchez and Lloris were the standout performers for us. Needed more from the others though.
— 🇭🇷 (@modric14i) February 19, 2020