Tanguy Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele
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Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro

Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur.

Previous Clubs: Olympique Lyon, SC Amiens, EA Guingamp.

Loan Clubs: Olympique Lyon.

International: France 4 caps.

Trophies Won: N/A.

It is easy to dismiss Ndombele as a Kante-lite player, as he is very similar in style to Chelsea's irrepresible midfield dynamo, but he is a different kind of player. Yes, he does the hard graft like N'Golo Kante, but he is more of a silky ball player than the Chelsea player.

In fact he is very like a cross between France teammates Kante and Paul Pogba, with a little of the best qualities of both. Potentially, that marriage of attributes, could put him amongst the best central midfielders in the game, when he gains experience in how to use them to their best.

Ndombele has the look of an ungainly tall player at times, with deceptively long legs that can produce exquisite bits of skill to come away with the ball from tight areas. He is quick over the ground, strong and has a good leap.

However he is inexperienced and that shows in large periods of games where he is a bit of a headless chicken, running around here, there and everywhere but achieving little. Ndombele especially seems to struggle to get involved in the game consistently in the role he is being used in at Spurs, where is more advanced and to the left than his best position.

At his best he is a central box-to-box midfielder, given freedom to go where he wants, left, right and centre. Ndombele can get caught out of position in that role, but it is the one he is best suited to, using his energy to pressure opponents, and able to stay involved constantly.

Being used slightly to the left means he has periods where he is out of the game and it does not suit him. At his best, Ndombele is constantly involved, harrying the opposition into mistakes and being part of the attacking build up.

That might involve an alteration in Spurs' set up to allow him to play there or him to improve his reading of the game and understanding of the position. Either way, when you have a player with such huge potential, you have to find a way to use him to his best, rather than shoehorning him into a system.

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Written by Ed001 October 19 2019 13:38:16