Date: 30th April 2021 at 5:35pm
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Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has been speaking on his latest YouTube video following their Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City last weekend.

One topic of discussion in Gold&8217;s video was the absence of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from the starting XI at Wembley in their cup final.

Should Ndombele have started the final?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The French midfielder has been a regular starter this season for Spurs under Jose Mourinho; however, Harry Winks was the nod for their cup final clash against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Ndombele did not even make it on as a substitute at Wembley as Spurs fell to a late winner from Aymeric which ended their hopes of sealing their first trophy in 13 years.

Speaking on the matter, Gold revealed his surprise at not seeing Ndombele in the starting XI, but also the reason behind the decision.

He said: “I was surprised personally, with Tanguy Ndombele not being in the starting lineup.

“I understand the decision was made and based on form. He wasn’t carrying a knock or an injury or anything. It was just they felt he hasn’t been particularly great the last couple of matches and that others deserved a chance.”

TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…

In hindsight, it is easy to see why some people may be left frustrated by Mason’s decision to leave Ndombele out of the starting XI given how the match panned out for Spurs.

However, despite his improved 2020/21 campaign after a pretty underwhelming first, Ndombele has just one goal involvement to his name in his last 14 Premier League appearances (via Transfermarkt).

The Frenchman was replaced by Harry Winks in the game against Southampton last week, which may have had an impact on Mason’s decision to play the Englishman over Ndombele in the final.

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