Tottenham left it late to defeat Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League last night, with Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele scoring in the last ten minutes of a 2-1 win.
Spurs were facing early elimination from the competition after Georgi Minchev had given the Bulgarian outfit the lead after 71 minutes.
Spurs weren’t to be denied though and the late strikes set up a third qualifying round clash against Shkendija of Macedonia.
For Ndombele it thrust him into the limelight and he should use last night’s goal as the catalyst to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s team on a regular basis.
The Frenchman arrived at Tottenham in the summer of 2019 for £53 million from Lyon (BBC). He was tipped for big things but didn’t enjoy a brilliant maiden campaign.
At 23 there is still lots of time for Ndombele to improve and his performance last night suggested he might earn more chances to impress Mourinho.
The man with six caps for France only played for the last 29 minutes in Bulgaria but looked like a man determined to save his Spurs career.
Ndombele completed 11 of his 14 attempted passes and in scoring a pretty sizeable goal, capped off a decent little cameo appearance.
Of course, the £200,000-a-week player needs to offer more but there does appear to be some hope that Ndombele can come good.
Scoring a goal to keep Spurs in Europe is no mean feat and that might be just the situation he needs to kick on at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs aren’t blessed with loads of central midfield options capable of doing the bulldozing that Ndombele does.
His goal in Plovdiv last night might just be the moment which is looked back on as a pivotal one in Tanguy Ndombele’s career at Tottenham.