Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has praised Tanguy Ndombele after his performance in their recent game against Newcastle United.
Following the joy that was around Tyneside following the takeover at their club, Sunday was always going to be a difficult task for Tottenham Hotspur to have to go into such a happy home environment, and things certainly weren’t made easy when Callum Wilson put the home side ahead inside the opening two minutes.
However, it was Ndombele’s goal that got Spurs back into the game on the day with an impressive finish into the far corner, but it wasn’t just his goal that Gold was happy with.
Speaking about his performance on the latest edition of Gold and Guest talk Tottenham, Gold praised his all-round game and hinted that he might have found a role within the side that can benefit him and the team:
“I think there was some key performances in there. I thought Tanguy Ndombele was excellent. I’m told, I’ve got to check it out, but I’m told he covered more yards on the pitch than any other player. And that looked to be the case for me, certainly, he was everywhere.
“That number 10 role, it does suit him. It kind of does take some of the defensive responsibility off of him, but he’s the kind of guy that still kind of tracks back as well, which is great, because it’s something that he has been criticised for not doing.”
TIF Thoughts on Alasdair Gold’s comments about Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham Hotspur…
Is Ndombele Spurs' best midfielder?
The Frenchman has played a number of positions whilst at Tottenham, including across central midfield in defensive or attacking areas, though he has predominantly been deployed as a central midfielder, so he has been moved around a lot during his time.
And whilst it is good to have that versatility – James Milner is someone who has more or less made a career out of it – each player should have that one defined position that helps them stick out, and as Gold hints, based off Ndombele’s performance against Newcastle, this might be his.
That doesn’t mean he can’t help out in other games and move around the pitch as and when required, but he and Spurs should be looking to try and tie him down to one position so that he can master it and benefit the team in the way that he did on Sunday.