Spurs made their first major signing in more than a year when they secured the services of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman was signed for £55 million, which is the record fee for Tottenham Hotspur. Numerous clubs highly coveted Ndombele after two swashbuckling seasons at Lyon. The 22-year-old has vast potential to grow into, and he will play in the white part of north London come next season. If all goes well, he could transform his side in the coming seasons.
Davinson Sanchez was the player who held the title of Spurs’ costliest player before the Ndombele purchase. With all due respect to the Colombian, he does not fit the term ‘star purchase’. If last season is a fair indicator, Ndombele is certainly one. After last summer went by without a single pound spent, Mauricio Pochettino showed no hesitation in splashing the cash this time. That Champions League final run must have had an impact on Daniel Levy loosening his purse, some believe.
Signing Ndombele is a huge step for Spurs for two reasons. Firstly, he is a very, very good player. He is a dynamic midfielder and ticks all the boxes. Ndombele is brilliant at moving the ball quickly and efficiently. He played most of the season in a midfield duo with Houssem Aouar, and it was a great pairing. Aside from moving the ball with passes, he is a good dribbler as well. Ndombele completed 2.01 successful dribbles per 90 minutes last season.
Despite his creative inputs, his pass completion rate stands at a tall 89%. This indicates the incisiveness of his passes. On the defensive side of the proceedings, he is up there as well. He made 1.9 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game in the Ligue 1 last season. Despite his young age, he is a physical specimen. His burly physique enables him to shield the ball from most opponents. Ndombele is just 22 years of age, which leaves enormous scope for improvement.
Now Spurs have got themselves a great player. But aside from that, it’s how they secured him. Ndombele was without a doubt one of the most sought after players this summer. A great amount of credit should go to Pochettino and Levy for the way they negotiated the deal. It’s a sign that Spurs are breaking the shackles and standing up to be counted as one of the big guns. There’s still a long way to go, but it’s a good start for now.
Spurs reached the Champions League final last season, which was a huge achievement despite the defeat to Liverpool. The fans would want them to build on that and signing top players. By signing Ndombele, they have done precisely that. He is a brilliant prospect who has the potential to impact his side in a big way. It takes two to tango, but one to Tanguy for Spurs.