Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has compared Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to Blues midfield Tiemoue Bakayoko in his weekly column for The Times.
The ex-Republic of Ireland talisman made the comparison after watching the French midfielder struggle for Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
He felt that Chelsea’s midfield walked all over Ndombele and midfield partner Harry Winks during a 2-1 home win.
Cascarino doesn’t think he is fit enough and claims he reminds him of Bakayoko who is currently out on loan at Monaco, after struggling to impose himself at Chelsea.
He told The Times: “In the 24 games Tanguy Ndombele has played for Tottenham this season, he has come on as a substitute or been substituted in 19 of them. He reminds me of Tiemoue Bakayoko when he moved to Chelsea. He has lots of athletic ability but just doesn’t seem to use it.
“He’s not a passing player but he also doesn’t seem to have any endurance – Chelsea’s midfield walked all over him and Harry Winks. He came on against RB Leipzig with 25 minutes to go and he was lying on the floor at the end. He has been in England for six months now and I’m not sure he’s capable of getting up to the Premier League pace.”
It’s perhaps a little harsh to put Ndombele in a bracket with Bakayoko.
The £53.8 million signing has struggled to get to grips with the rigorous demands of the top-flight, although there is still time yet.
At 23-years-old his arrival was a long-term investment and the Frenchman has shown flashes of his combative brilliance during his 24 appearances.
Bakayoko cost Chelsea £40 million and proved a complete waste of money by the Blues. He has made just 43 appearances and will probably leave in the summer, with Monaco holding an option to buy him.
Tottenham fans might be a little bit disappointed with Ndombele’s form, especially given how much he cost the club.
It has been difficult for him to adapt but Mourinho has shown willing to get him on the pitch and that should help his confidence.