Tanguy Ndombele will have been hoping to silence critics after leaving Tottenham Hotspur on loan this past summer, writes the HITC.
The France international joined Spurs in the summer of 2019 but it’s been a disastrous three-year spell in North London.
It isn’t because he’s untalented, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
But for whatever reason, the former Lyon midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at his old club, cannot seem to unlock his massive potential.
He would’ve been hoping to rebuild his career in Italy when Tottenham loaned him to Napoli in August.
However, Ndombele has suffered a brand new disappointment.
He started under Luciano Spalleti this afternoon as Napoli took on Spezia in Serie A, but the Lilywhites’ loanee lasted only 45 minutes before being subbed off by the Italian manager.
It remains to be seen why Ndombele was substituted off at the break but, given what we know about the player, it’s certainly possible that it was more tactical than injury related, it has to be said.
Scathing comments from Paolo Di Canio made only this week now look a lot more damning.
He said, via HITC Sport: “Out of habit, this guy doesn’t want to sacrifice himself without the ball. He’s not a playmaker. At most, he can play as a mezzala. 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.”
Spezia have only won one of their first six Serie A outings this season and have the second-worst goal difference in Italy’s top flight.
So for Ndombele to be hooked at half time against one of the division’s most struggling outfits is, well, a new low for the Spurs loanee.