It would be fair to say that Tottenham Hotspur fans were very pleased with their first impressions of new signing Tanguy Ndombele.
The French midfielder made his debut for the club this weekend in a pre-season friendly clash with Juventus.
Within one minute of being on the pitch, he had an assist to his name. The 22-year-old slotted a sublime through ball into the path of Lucas Moura, who scored the equalising goal in a 3-2 win.
Whilst the show may have been stolen by Harry Kane’s half-way line screamer, Ndombele already has Tottenham fans excited.
He also shone against a perfect opponent, also making his debut for his new club. Like Ndombele, he is also French, the player in question being Adrien Rabiot.
It was his first game for the Bianconeri since joining from PSG on a free transfer this summer.
Tottenham, of course, were also linked with a move for Rabiot. Those links caused something of a stir.
In January, it was reported by L’Equipe that Rabiot had rejected any approach from Tottenham. The report suggested Mauricio Pochettino had spoken to the player but Rabiot had zero interest in joining Spurs.
ESPN later suggested Rabiot saw Tottenham as ‘below his level’.
Those words had Tottenham fans vexed at the mercurial Frenchman. Rabiot went on to agree a deal with Juventus which, according to Football Italia, contained a €10 million (£9 million) signing on fee.
Tottenham ended up splashing out a reported (The Guardian) club record £55 million on Ndombele but based on this early showing, it could be money well spent.