Nuno Espirito Santo has called for patience as Tanguy Ndombele strives to discover his best form after looking to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer, via football.london.
Ndombele played his first full 90-minutes of the season as Spurs overcome Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. The north Londoners needed penalties to beat Nuno’s former side after letting a two-goal first-half lead slip. They will face Burnley in the next round.
Tottenham broke the deadlock through Ndombele after 14-minutes, before Harry Kane hit his third of the term. Ndombele won possession back off Conor Coady after a heavy touch, spun Willy Boly and slotted under John Ruddy. But was also liable for both goals conceded.
Leander Dendoncker took advantage of some poor defending from Ndombele to power a thumping header home from a corner. Hwang Hee-chan then took the ball off Ndombele early in the second-half before Dendoncker fed Daniel Podence for Wolves’ equaliser.
Nuno responded to Ndombele’s mixed performance by calling for patience when assessing the Tottenham midfielder. The Portuguese notes he had an eventful summer, having asked to leave, per the Evening Standard. And is still striving to build form and fitness as a result.
“Let’s try to avoid as much as we can individual analysis,” Nuno said. “We will do it and we will do it amongst ourselves, and I think we have to be patient with Tanguy because all that happened in pre-season, and this is his third game and already we’ve had however many games we’ve played so far. So let’s be patient with all our players and patient with the time that they need to get to the level that I truly believe their talent can allow.”
Is Nuno handling Ndombele’s situation at Tottenham correctly?
Ndombele considered his future at Tottenham this summer as he weighed up adapting to Nuno’s system, per football.london. Spurs Managing Director Fabio Paratici’s – eventually successful – attempts to sell Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier had also disappointed him.
The north Londoners ultimately decided that no offer would be suitable to sell their £54m club-record signing come Deadline Day. Yet the events left Nuno loath to trust the 24-year-old, with Ndombele only making his first appearance of the season when Tottenham faced Stade Rennes in their first game of Europa Conference League group stage last week.
Ndombele kept his place in Nuno’s plans when Tottenham hosted – and lost – to Chelsea on Sunday. While Wednesday’s cup clash with Wolves marked the Frenchman’s first full 90 of the season. But his mixed performance at Molineux may raise doubt over his place in the XI to face Arsenal. Spurs visit the Emirates Stadium for the north London derby this Sunday.