Inside Spurs with Alasdair Gold – Talking Tanguy

Good evening everyone,

Today we’re going to talk about Tanguy Ndombele and settling in at Tottenham Hotspur.

A week rarely goes by without the Frenchman being linked to a new club. This week, it’s Inter Milan with claims that Spurs are in talks with the Serie A outfit over the young midfielder’s departure.

Those inside Tottenham are bewildered by all the speculation, claiming that not only are talks not on the agenda but the club is well aware that the player needs time to adapt to a new country, moving away from his family and an understanding that he’s been beset by injury issues.

There’s a real belief inside the club that Ndombele can become a superstar and that initial teething problems were always anticipated, which is why he was handed a six-year deal with the intention of him being a long-term signing for the club.

It’s easy to forget that the young Frenchman is only 23, having arrived a year ago to a fast and physical league that is very different to Ligue 1. 

He has also had to pick up the language. I was in a group of three journalists who conducted the first interview with Ndombele last July, during the first few days of the pre-season tour in Singapore.

With the new club record signing still uncomfortable with his use of the English language, we roped in Moussa Sissoko to help with the translation.

It worked well – the two enjoy a brotherly relationship which kept things light – and I managed to get the only two words of English Ndombele has uttered all season to the British media.

“Very hard”, he said with a laugh when I asked how he was finding Mauricio Pochettino’s infamous pre-season training sessions.

While he was perfectly amiable with us on a baking hot afternoon in Singapore, Ndombele does not appear to be a fan of interviews or the media.

Unless I’ve missed one, he has not spoken to the English press since that day a year ago and only stopped once or twice for French journalists in the mixed zone in the stadium during Pochettino’s era.

Even interviews with the club’s in-house media channels are rare, one he did midway through the season came again with Sissoko by his side.

That quiet persona, away from the limelight, perhaps adds to the enigma that is Ndombele.

Those within the club believe that, unlike the midfielder, the people around him are quick to go to the media in France whenever the opportunity arises, often when he’s left out of a starting line-up, which results in all of the speculation surrounding his future.

At the end of the day though it comes down to a young player settling in and adapting to a new country.

There’s a belief – we’re all guilty of it – that the bigger the fee, the more likely a new signing should hit the ground running.

Maybe it’s governed by us all playing games like FIFA or Football Manager or perhaps it’s just a by-product of the excitement a club record signing brings.

However, in the real world it just doesn’t work like that and a large number of new signings need varying lengths of times to settle and show their best.

Spurs know that very well. Son Heung-min asked to leave the club at the end of his first season to return to Germany after struggling to get in the team regularly and adapting to the country. It was only a chat with Pochettino that changed his mind.

At Tottenham, the likes of Luka Modric, Hugo Lloris. Erik Lamela, Davinson Sanchez and Sissoko have all been high profile signings given time to adapt, the latter coming with Premier League experience.

That’s because there’s also an adaptation period for new signings who aren’t coming from foreign climes.

Players from abroad have the culture adaptation on top of it, and often have to do it without their family.

Even a Welshman in Gareth Bale took a while to settle at Spurs, holding a record in his first year or so of having never played in a winning team before eventually becoming one of the world’s best.

Ultimately it’s down to that word ‘patience’, one that can be hard to find in football.
It’s not only the fans and the clubs that lose sight of it, but often also the players.

They’re young and they think things won’t change, they won’t get better and they’ll never feel at home but as Son found out, it happens as long as you commit to it.

Pochettino knew it about Ndombele just two months into the season, even if it was something the fans did not want to hear.

“We cannot assess him enough to say he is doing well or not so well,” said the Argentine.

“For me it’s fantastic the things he adds to the team, I am so happy with him like I am so happy with different players.

“Still for me, when you sign a player, despite the amount you pay, with the profile of Tanguy Ndombele or Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon you need minimum one year and a half, or two years.

“Look at what happened with Son or Sissoko, they started to perform in year two, year three. That is why when you are so young, today the market is the market, you cannot judge the player because you paid some kind of amount.

“He played two years in Lyon and moved to England where everything is new, but the quality is there. They need time to show their real quality.”

Tottenham believe they have a potential world class talent in Tanguy Ndombele and that he will come good. Hopefully the young Frenchman realises it as well.

Catch you next week,

Alasdair

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Funkenschlag!
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1 month ago

Parrott soars on a saarf east London breeze
https://flatoeuf.com/the-parrott-has-flown-the-coop/

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
1 month ago

Well, I’ll have to begrudgingly give my support to Cheatski. I simply don’t want Arteta to get a trophy in his first half season as manager; Arsenal to win yet another FA Cup; to get into Europe; and of course, push us into playing 3 extra games to reach the group stage.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
1 month ago

Yep, Millwall have put up a short welcome video of Troy in his Millwall shirt.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

Chauvelin 01/08/2020 at 11:26 am
Goodness knows what it’s like on blogs for teams which are playing badly and fighting relegation? The comments and language must be rather ripe.

No, Chauve. They probably get banned.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

Agreed, Andy & Cas.

Some on here could do with a little self regulation. If others don’t reply…it will eventually dry up.
If not, it has to be up to you guys to keep the bloeug wholesome.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
1 month ago

I believe Parrott has joined Millwall on loan for the season. Treading in the footpath of Kane. Good luck and hope for plenty of game time.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
1 month ago

Goodness knows what it’s like on blogs for teams which are playing badly and fighting relegation? The comments and language must be rather ripe.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
1 month ago

Offending comments (c-word) have been removed.
There is nothing wrong with people having disagreements on the blog, after all we are all emotionally invested in Spurs, but it’s not acceptable to post aggressive foul mouthed posts.
If Ant continues to do so, he’ll be given time to reflect on his unacceptable behaviour.

Ronwol196061
Ronwol196061
1 month ago

I agree too about moderation

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

McG…I prefer friendlies. Fewer injuries and less travel.
We can do without going to the back of beyond for a qualifier.

The competition should be seeded.

McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
1 month ago

Bad behaviour stops others from posting…we’ve lost a few regular nice guys on here and I wonder whether or not it’s because of the incessant barrage of posts from individuals who cannot control their input.

Think you’re bang on there Brux, been guilty of doing so myself in the past but have reigned it in, and tend not to use the c word either. Come on peeps!!

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

mystic arnold 01/08/2020 at 11:08 am
Any one know why Shef Wednesday s point deduction comes into force next season and not this which would have relegated them like Wigan.

Something to do with including the sale of Hillsboro’ in the wrong financial year returns. They didn’t go into administration…that’s all I can think of as a valid reason for the judgement.

McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
1 month ago

Bruxie 01/08/2020 at 10:47 am
Hate having to hope for a Chelscum win today…but hey, it’ll save us having to play 3 extra games pre-group stage in the europa.

I want Chavs to win today, just cos it’s the goons. I was thinking to myself tho, 3 additional competitive games & maybe one or two less friendlies, might be advantageous in terms fitness & sharpness before the prem starts..

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 month ago

Any one know why Shef Wednesday s point deduction comes into force next season and not this which would have relegated them like Wigan.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

Is it time to explain some “rules of the blog” to all posters?
Not singling people out…but let EVERYONE know what isn’t allowed.

Bad behaviour stops others from posting…we’ve lost a few regular nice guys on here and I wonder whether or not it’s because of the incessant barrage of posts from individuals who cannot control their input.

Where, for example, are Grumps, Uncle Taff and a few others.

I worry that more will follow if something isn’t done.

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
1 month ago

Matt
Me too Bruxie; which of course means an Arsenal win is nailed on.

Sadly the one time we want that lot to win you can be sure just to Pea us off they will practualy throw the game

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

McG, formerly known as Bru Champ 🙁 01/08/2020 at 10:45 am
Someone wanna just delete those posts using the C word etc?? No point leaving them on the blog.

Totally agree, McG.
Needs doing on a regular basis.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Me too Bruxie; which of course means an Arsenal win is nailed on.

Bruxie
Bruxie
1 month ago

Hate having to hope for a Chelscum win today…but hey, it’ll save us having to play 3 extra games pre-group stage in the europa.

McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
1 month ago

Someone wanna just delete those posts using the C word etc?? No point leaving them on the blog.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I’m reading that Levy is digging his heels in which is holding up the Holjberg transfer. I am having trouble processing this unusual situation….

wasdanspurs
1 month ago

I see Dele is getting dissed for not social distancing on holiday with a couple of interesting ‘others’ – Jack Grealish and James Maddison. Wonder if Daniel’s sent him out there with a couple of contracts…

McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
McG, formerly known as Bru Champ :-(
1 month ago

Ant, no need for the abuse mate. My issues aren’t with Aurier going forward, 2 goals and 7 assists is decent. It’s his lack of concentration and rash challenges that costs. There are much better defenders out there, just gotta accept that’s a fact. Maybe Jose still thinks he can improve him, who knows? But that comment was made a good while back, & I’m not seeing anything close to one of the worlds top right backs right now.

Syd
Syd
1 month ago

Hi MiT, Yep have no problem with your opinions at all. Totally respectful. However I take a more pragmatic view on our players not so much as a one eyed Spurs fan.
I watched every game. Yes I agree Aurier has placed several great crosses, that’s his job.
The problem being he has soooo many chances to cross that the average of good crosses would be dreadful.
The truth is, if we are going to play ‘wing backs’ then everytime he puts in a bad cross he is then caught out of position as far as defence is concerned which places more pressure on Sissy to get back at a fast pace to cover. This takes a hell of a lot of energy out of Sissy throughout the game.
His defence is very questionable as well although I admit I think JM has coached him into making better defensive decisions rather than just blast in.

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

We watch this game from the hopeful and Wishful eyes of what Tottenham could do.

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

Whether, not Heather. Although I do love the name Heather

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

Oh my goodness, Syd. The problem is that we don’t ever remember the ones that were right on point.

Serge has placed several great crosses Right. On. Point.

I accept that we can agree to disagree there. The only point that all make is that the shortest memory is the last mistake that they made. We as Tottenham fans are very hard on our cornerbacks.

It’s easy to watch Robertson with Liverpool. They might b**** about the three or four really poor balls that they placed across there. However, since we don’t honk for Liverpool, we remember the few balls that he does place across there that are absolutely beautiful. We Pine for that, we expect that.

I think if we all watched it realistically from player-to-player, we’d find that Serge actually does some pretty good things. Heather Robertson actually does some pretty stupid things once in awhile.

Just my take, mate.

merrance
merrance
1 month ago

well covered thanks ssg

Syd
Syd
1 month ago

MiT
Aurier.
He is laying down some absolutely juicy crosses that have been finished by Dele, Son, and Kane. I certainly see some good potential in him. I’m glad that a manager does.
I’m concerned about chemistry. Chemistry is something that only the manager can really have a touch with. A manager should have his finger on the pulse of that chemistry at all times. Do we trust Jose to pull the poisons out, to keep the good chemistry in, and to build on it. That is the question. Or at least my question.
I don’t question anyone’s talent on this squad. They would not have made it this far up they didn’t have talent. It’s a puzzle of ‘how do those pieces fit together ?’
Have a good night, fellas. Opinions are just opinions. Try to see it that way.

Sorry MiT.
Cant agree mate regarding his crosses. He is woeful. I believe his percentages for attempts to success would be disgraceful. Every now and then he does something good but isn’t this his job. He needs to be much better at it.
It is actually squeaky bum time every time I see him defending in our box

SeattleSpursGuy
SeattleSpursGuy
1 month ago

Take cover, Merrance

merrance
merrance
1 month ago

thanks syd. well shuttered up.

merrance
merrance
1 month ago

I know you are a good fellow mit,its in your bones. if your ever this way or if i visit my son in nr oklahoma city.hes buying a house just outside.

Syd
Syd
1 month ago

merrance, stay safe safe mate

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

Time to set my mash time. From here, I have to concentrate on what I’m doing. You fellas enjoy your music and your sharing.

merrance
merrance
1 month ago

2nd that mitster.and hope ants can get some good shuteye.

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

Mel, I would love to toast the sunset with you someday.

Cheers. May the storm pass over with not even a scar.

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

*well, not will

Grrrr. Still voice text

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

Well. I will raise a cup of Good Attitude (my flagship IPA) with whatever you choose. To finishing this day will, and a better day tomorrow, and fantastic things to all of those that we love.

merrance
merrance
1 month ago

sitting here waiting for hurricane isias to arrive sometime soon here in nassau. category 2 next couple of hours
should be ok been through bigger ones but they are all different rains heavy etc,trouble is lots here havent recovered from last years dorian, and then loss of incomes and businesses failing because of covid restrictions.
good inspirational music helps. faith over fear.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Hes too big to explain too. But no worries , off for some red , he has no interest in making things better

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

He does thats the Difference