Jamie O’Hara has labelled Tanguy Ndombele a “£60million flop” as he has given his verdict on the midfielder ahead of the North London Derby on Sunday.
The Frenchman made his first appearance of the season when Tottenham travelled to France to play Rennes and drew 2-2 after remaining on the bench in the Lilywhites’ 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace.
Nuno Espirito Santo has started him in Spurs’ last three fixtures, although he only lasted 62 minutes in the 3-0 loss to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Ndombele has faced criticism over his fitness but has played 231 minutes of football in the last week and registered a goal at Molineux in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Despite his goal against Bruno Lage’s side, the midfielder was also partly to blame for both of Wolves’ goals, which took the game to 2-2 in 90 minutes, before Spurs won 3-2 on penalties, taking them through to the next round.
Former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara has given his verdict on the Frenchman, who he has compared to a fellow ex-Spurs player.
“I’m not having him. He’s not for me. If I played in midfield with him, he would drive me mad,” he said in an exclusive interview with football.london.
“He reminds me of a lad called Adel Taarabt who, he came in at Spurs, went to QPR and had a great season, ends up at AC Milan. Unbelievable ability, can do anything with a football where you go ‘wow’ but will cost the team every single week.”
The 24-year-old was described as showing his best and worst all in one game after the midweek fixture. Fans praised him for his skill with the ball but the criticism will continue if he makes faults in upcoming fixtures.
In his pre-match press conference, Tottenham boss Espirito Santo was asked his thoughts on Ndombele’s improvement.
“We expect every player to improve,” he said. “This is what we expect from all of our players, they are in different momentums, each one of them. We have to be careful and manage well but we expect all the players to put out the talent they have as soon as possible?”
Ndombele’s position in the middle of the field means he has played alongside Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp so far this season, who have both had solid starts to the 2021/22 campaign.
O’Hara went on to explain what he thinks of the Frenchman’s place in Espirito Santo’s starting XI.
“He can’t play in midfield. He gives the ball away for fun. He takes too many touches in midfield,” he said.
“He scored the other night…but then you’re costing the team twice and nearly got us knocked out because he has too many touches on the ball. For me, I think that has been a big mistake, £60million that’s a lot of money. I think he’s been a flop.”
Espirito Santo has some big decisions to make ahead of the North London Derby and Ndombele is among those difficult choices.
Fans may have mixed opinions on the midfielder but he will have to make sure he doesn’t make any more crucial mistakes if he does start against Mikel Arteta’s side on Sunday.
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