Tottenham coach hearing praising Tanguy Ndombele in fitness drill
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Tottenham coach hearing praising Tanguy Ndombele in fitness drill

One Tottenham Hotspur coach can be heard briefly praising Tanguy Ndombele during a fitness exercise on the training ground in a video posted on the club’s official YouTube account.

Ndombele is back at Spurs after an underwhelming loan spell back at Lyon. Of course, he left North London after falling out of favour under Antonio Conte.

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It remains to be seen what Conte’s plans for Ndombele are. It is hard to imagine that the Frenchman will have a prominent role in his squad.

Ndombele’s talent has never been questioned. He has been described as a ‘magnificent’ player. But there have been plenty of concerns over his fitness, and his suitability in a high-octane system.

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So perhaps there is reason for a little encouragement following the latest video posted on the club’s YouTube account.

About three minutes in, the players are jumping over gates before immediately going into a short shuttle run. And one of the coaches can be heard to say: ‘Good, Tanguy’.

Tottenham coach praising Ndombele

Obviously, impressing in one fitness drill is not going to change the game for Ndombele. There have been too many false dawns during his time at Tottenham.

Spurs would surely accept any significant offer that comes in. And if he does stick around, it is hard to see him playing regularly under Conte.

But he can surely see that he needs to adapt his game. It has not worked out under a number of bosses at Tottenham. And his return to Lyon did not go to plan either.

There is a long way to go. But the longer Ndombele is in the fold, the more significant those positive moments will become.

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