Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele has it all to do again to regain a spot in the team after asking to leave this summer.
This is the second time the midfielder will have to dig deep to rescue his Tottenham career, since arriving from Lyon for £53 million in 2019.
Last season, the 24-year-old recovered from a public fall out with manager Jose Mourinho to establish himself as one of the first-choice midfielders in his team.
The French midfielder played 25 games under Mourinho before the Portuguese manager was sacked.
Ndombele will now have to put behind him another failed attempt at leaving the club, and get to work to regain his position in the team.
What Nuno Espirito Santo has said about Ndombele
Tanguy Ndombele was barely used during pre-season and has not even made the bench for any of the opening league games.
But manager Nuno Esiprito Santo is not ruling out a surprise return for the midfielder.
“We’re going to assess now all the situations inside the squad tomorrow but Tanguy is here, he’s our player, let’s try to make the best of him,” the Tottenham boss said.
How does Tanguy Ndombele get back into the team
The road back for the French midfielder looks quite long, but he has done it before and he can do it again.
He will have to work hard to get back into the team, and even harder to save his Tottenham career on a long term.
But there could be a window of opportunity with Giovani Lo Celso quarantining in Croatia after the international break, and Oliver Skipp picking up a knock.
Netherlands forward Steven Bergwijn also returned from international break with a small injury.
Tottenham are entering into a really fascinating period of the season with Crystal Palace (League), Rennes (European Conference League) and Chelsea (League) all coming up in the space of 10 days.
The manager will need to rotate the team and that is where the French midfielder could get his opportunity.
Nuno Espirito Santo is the third Tottenham manager to have fallen out with the former former Lyon midfielder.
Ndombele will know he is running out of time to fulfil the enormous talent he obviously has.
Tottenham in a precarious situation
Both Tottenham and Ndombele would have been happy to end their relationship, but the right offer did not arrive.
The player is too good to be allowed to wither away and Tottenham will have to protect their investment by getting him up to speed in anticipation of potential buyers in the summer.
Having a player who doesn’t want to be there is potentially an accident waiting to happen.
But it’s in the interest of both parties to find a middle ground and get the best out of the situation.