Tottenham Hotspur certainly haven’t taken too long to get their first piece of business done in the summer transfer window with a deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele reported to be in the final stages.
Mauricio Pochettino seems to have Daniel Levy’s backing in the transfer market this time around as Spurs looks to build on last year’s Champions League finals appearance.
With Leeds United’s Jack Clarke and Ndombele close to signing on the dotted line the North London outfit is definitely making a statement of intent for the next season.
While Pochettino has overseen major improvements in the club’s fortunes in the league since taking over, constructing a new mega stadium and big money deals like these clearly show that the board is backing their manager’s ambition to make the club a domestic and European super power in the next few years.
The capture of Ndombele is especially a signal of intent from the club with the reported £65 mil fee being more than the entire transfer budget of arch rivals Arsenal.
While transfer fees have become hugely inflated over the last few years with many players also failing to live up to their huge price tags, Spurs fans seem convinced that the French midfielder will break that trend.
After Mousa Dembele left for the riches in China, Moussa Sissoko stepped up to replace the energetic Belgian who was regarded as the best central midfielder in the country by many during the 2016-17 season.
But while Sissoko held his ground in the center of the park, the Frenchman was perhaps never truly considered as the long term answer to the crucial position and fans seem convinced that his younger compatriot is the perfect man to hold the fort down for the club.
The midfield template from StatsBomb shows what a monster Ndombele could be for Spurs
While the difference in footballing quality of the French league with respect to the English Premier League has to be considered, Ndombele clearly outperforms Sissoko in almost every aspect of the game when it comes to midfield.
A look at the numbers and it clearly shows why the club are ready to dig into their chequebook for the 22-year-old.
With time also on his side, Pochettino can surely build a young and exciting squad around the midfield powerhouse which can challenge for honors on all fronts .
Like @WindyCOYS on Twitter said – “Ndombele is like Sissoko on acid”, check out the lovely graphic below: