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If there was one positive for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, it was Tanguy Ndombele.

Spurs posted an overall dreadful performance in losing 1-0 away to West Ham United.

A lot of games have passed Ndombele by completely this season, but he was one of Tottenham’s best players in East London.

Not only was he something of a goal threat at times, but the former Lyon star provided the sort of incisive passing from midfield that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lacked in a big way this season.

On another day he might’ve also had a penalty following a challenge by Kurt Zouma in the first half.

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Ndombele went to ground in the box under a tackle by the West Ham star who, after a VAR review, was deemed innocent and no foul was awarded.

Television replays suggest that the right decision was made and Michael Owen, speaking to Optus Sport, was particularly miffed.

The footage indicate that Ndombele was fouled by the ball more than Zouma.

Here’s what Owen said: “I couldn’t understand what he was doing. I was thinking go on take a touch and you might win a penalty. I just don’t know what he was thinking. He’s not shooting, just plants his foot on top.”


As Ndombele often does, he faded quite a bit in the second half, as every Tottenham player did to be fair.

The North Londoners didn’t manage a single shot on goal after the break, which more or less sums up their problem on the day.

It’s a game of two halves and for the second one, the visitors were nowhere to be seen.

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