Saturday, January 22, 2022

Tanguy Ndombele Transfer From Lyon To Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham had an outstanding season last year, where they hurdled Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Ajax on the way to the Champions League final, only to be usurped by Liverpool, alongside a domestic campaign that saw them secure fourth spot and sink their North London rivals Arsenal.

Their feats are particularly impressive when you factor in that Pochettino has not made a single signing in any of the summer and January transfer windows for two years, developing his current crop to combat the pressures of a tight budget.

The only problem that arose from last season’s proceedings was the departure of Moussa Sissoko from Spurs to the Chinese Super League that posed the Spaniard questions regarding the state of his central midfield in games across the season.

If Spurs really are to capitalize on last season’s successes and go one better in challenging for the Premier League title in amongst City and Liverpool, this is an issue they need to address, given that the aforementioned sides boast some of the best central midfield combinations in the world in the likes of Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Jordan Henderson, etc.

The man who has been identified as best suited to fill the void for Spurs is Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old midfielder had a blistering season for the French team in last year’s campaign attracting attention from the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.

Yet with news from North London suggesting that the deal is all but done, it seems that Ndombele has snubbed these giants in place for Spurs.

And all the Premier League betting market surrounding their next campaign, whether that is with the Frenchman or not, will only ever be a click away. 

So, we’ve taken a look at exactly what the Frenchman will bring to the Tottenham ranks…

A Versatile Midfielder

Given Ndombele’s ability to play in multiple positions across the center of the park, Pochettino will have the luxury of tinkering with his midfield to find exactly where best the Frenchman fits and more importantly, who with.

One such scenario is that he could perform the same role for Tottenham that he did for Lyon, playing at the base of the diamond that Pochettino occasionally likes to employ. Ahead of him could be either Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli, with Erik Lamela or Heung-Min Son at the tip behind Harry Kane or Lucas Moura.

Another scenario is that Ndombele and Harry Winks partner up in the midfield. This would allow the Frenchman to make attacking, forward passes, while his sparring partner, Winks, would have to fulfill the duty of the deeper playmaker –  a role that the 22-year-old also thrives at, given that he played almost half his games at Lyon in the deep-lying midfield role.

Such is the versatility of his play that different opposition will see Pochettino play him in various positions across the pitch. This is also helpful in the circumstance of injuries to preferred players, which Tottenham struggled with largely last season.

You’ll be able to read all about his performances at Spurs on our football betting tips page, as he looks to complete the move from the French Ligue 1 to the Premier League.

The String Puller

Aside from his versatility, Ndombele will enhance the offensive contingent present in the Spurs lineup by acting as the driving force behind the attack.

This was especially evident in his Champions League performances for his former team, where he helped Lyon take four points off City in the group stage, and hold Barcelona to a draw in the first leg of the last 16 clash at the Camp Nou.

Indeed, his dribbling proficiency was a large contributor to his attacking capabilities last season with Lyon, averaging 5.05 dribble attempts per 90 minutes with an 80% success rate.

This figure is particularly impressive for a central midfielder and put into perspective with the stats Spurs are currently hitting – 0.47 for Eric Dier, 2.05 for Eriksen, and 1.67 for Victor Wanyama – suggests that his inclusion will seriously enhance their goalscoring tendencies.

With Ndombele powering through the midfield, the likes of Moura and Kane will be able to profit off his explosive style of play, presenting Spurs as a deadly counterattacking team.

Defensive Steel

For those who haven’t been watching Ndombele closely over the last few years, he may come across as a purely attack-minded midfielder, capable of pulling the strings and orchestrating play in the center of the park.

Yet, watch over his performances closely and his defensive nature is quite clear to see – something that Spurs will greatly profit from, considering that they struggled with keeping sides from tearing through the center of their midfield and defense, as evident in their defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

At only 22-years-old, Pochettino will have a midfielder capable of playing just in front of the defense, and able to play his way out of trouble with a natural dribbling style.

His superb positional awareness will make him ideal in snubbing out opposition counterattacks by narrowing down angles for passes and marshaling the channel between defense and attack.

All in all, for their first signing in over two years, not only have Spurs snapped up an up and coming superstar, but look to be on the charge for the Premier League title and all their European quests.

And if they make any other signings, you’ll be able to read all about it in our Premier League transfer page.

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