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Tanguy Ndombele’s comments about Mauricio Pochettino may answer questions over form

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Tanguy Ndombele’s comments about Mauricio Pochettino may answer questions over form

Tottenham Hotspur spent £55 million on the Frenchman in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur broke their transfer record in the summer, paying a reported (talkSPORT) £55 million to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. 

But it has not been the debut season in North London that the midfielder would have been hoping for. 

Ndombele has struggled for form and fitness but things have really gone downhill since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and arrival of Jose Mourinho. 

Ndombele has not won over the Portuguese who has publicly called him out in recent weeks. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur on the bench during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

So could the departure of Pochettino be impacting Ndombele more than first thought?

After all, it was the Argentine who convinced the Frenchman to join Tottenham. 

Plenty of teams wanted Ndombele in the summer and Tottenham had a hard task winning the battle for his signature. 


But as the 23-year-old told L’Equipe after making the move, it was Pochettino who was the deciding factor. 

“It’s a carefully thought-out decision. Tottenham have one of the best coaches in the world. The fact that he wants you really makes you want to work with him. It’s he who tipped the balance in my decision.

“It’s hard to describe but he knows how to touch, to mark people. He looked me in the eye and said ‘come with me and I’m sure I’ll help you progress.’ That kind of thing made me want to sign. I saw that he really wanted and liked me.”

Now Pochettino is gone and Ndombele finds himself under the management of Mourinho, who clearly does not fancy the French maestro. 

It is a tough time for Ndombele and the fact the man who ‘really wanted’ him is no longer at the club. 

Mourinho calling him out in public will certainly not help matters either. 

Tottenham fans will just hope the Portuguese’s tough love tactics work on a player who, clearly, preferred Pochettino’s softer treatment.

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