Another one of Nuno Santo’s playing squad is considering his future at Tottenham Hotspur in a fresh bombshell…
What’s the word?
According to football.london’s Alasdair Gold, first-team midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is the latest name to be mulling over his long-term future in North London.
However, this situation is unlike the saga surrounding Harry Kane, who is desperate to go and win trophies at Manchester City. It’s thought that the Frenchman is disappointed by the potential departures of two of his closest teammates, Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko.
Ndombele has struggled to adapt to life in England and, by his own admission, told those around him, including chairman Daniel Levy, that he wanted to leave just a few weeks after arriving in the summer of 2020.
What should Spurs do with Ndombele this window?
It would be hard for the Spurs hierarchy to give up on their club-record signing after just two seasons, especially as they may struggle to recoup the £55m they paid Lyon for his signature.
However, they would be powerless if Ndombele feels so strongly about a departure, and in comparison to Kane, he’s certainly the more expendable option.
We know the ups and downs that the £45m-rated maverick had under Jose Mourinho. In the early days he struggled to make his mark, but towards the end of the Portuguese’s reign, he was often one of the first names on the team sheet.
Interestingly, he would arguably be a perfect fit in Nuno’s 4-3-3 set-up, though his absence against Chelsea in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly was a little perplexing, particularly as he was not away on international duty throughout the past month or two.
If Ndombele wants to follow Kane out the exit door this summer, then it will definitely leave the 47-year-old boss in a sticky spot as he’d be left with two glaring voids of quality in two key areas.
Some of the Lilywhites faithful are less than impressed by this latest development from Hotspur Way, too.
“Please leave,” demanded one supporter, whilst another described the update as “embarrassing.” Ndombele was even dubbed an “absolute disgrace” by a further member of the Spurs fanbase, as relayed by This is Futbol.
With kick-off against Manchester City only a week away, this is the last thing that Nuno needs to think about.