Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele joined Napoli on loan during the summer transfer window and the 25-year-old will be expected to get his career back on track with regular football at the Italian club, writes the BoyHotspur.
However, former Premier League star Paolo Di Canio believes that the 25-year-old doesn’t work hard without the ball and he is unlikely to be a success at Napoli.
Di Canio further added that Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti will have to perform a miracle to get the 25-year-old firing at the Serie A club.
He said (via CalcioNapoli): “I’ll just say one thing, if Spalletti works a miracle with him, I’ll take off my hat and congratulate him. Out of habit this guy doesn’t want to sacrifice himself without the ball. He’s not a playmaker and at most he can play mezzala who becomes a playmaker. I don’t expect Luciano to make him walk on the water, but if he did at least make him swim it would be a resounding success.”
Spurs paid a fee of around £54 million on Ndombele back in 2019 but the midfielder’s transfer has proven to be a major disappointment for the Premier League club.
Despite his prodigious talent, the Frenchman has struggled to establish himself as a key player under multiple managers at Tottenham and he has now been loaned out so that he can regain his confidence and sharpness with regular football at another club.
It’s clear that he is no longer a part of Antonio Conte’s first team plans and a failed loan spell at Napoli will cast further uncertainty surrounding his future next summer.
If rumours are to be believed, Napoli have an option to sign the player permanently at the end of this season and it will be interesting to see if the Frenchman can impress them sufficiently with his performances this season.
The on-loan Spurs midfielder was on the bench during Napoli’s comprehensive 4-1 win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League during midweek. It remains to be seen whether he can force his way into Spalletti’s first team plans over the next few weeks now.