It’s been almost 3 years since the record signing of Tanguy Ndombele by Spurs.
The 25-year-old arrived from Lyon for a fee of £55m alongside some very lucrative wages.
Designated as former manager Mauricio Pochettino’s signing, the Frenchman has failed to impress under any of the 4 managers he’s played under so far.
His talents and abilities are highly rated but it’s his desire and effort which has often been called into question.
And under a manager like Antonio Conte, that kind of attitude simply won’t swing.
It has been largely rumoured that the Italian is at his wits end with the midfielder and Spurs’ game against Morecambe offered further evidence.
Ndombele was subbed off in the 70th minute after having failed to make an impact during the game.
Spurs were trailing by one goal to inferior opposition and were on track for a rather embarrassing result.
One would think that given the situation Ndombele would make haste in getting back to the tunnel, in order to save time for a potential comeback.
Dele Alli and Bryan Gil who were subbed alongside him certainly thought so and they quickly rushed off-field.
Ndombele on the other hand opted for a slow almost sulky stroll back to the dugout, drawing out boos from Spurs fans in the stadium.
The gesture certainly wasn’t appreciated by his gaffer, who refused to even look at the player as he went inside the tunnel.
Even his teammates looked largely put off by his antics, Eric Dier and Cristian Romero in particular were fuming at the midfielder, an indication of Ndombele’s relationship with the dressing room.
Here’s how Twitter reacted –
Look at Dier when Ndombele walked off the pitch😳 pic.twitter.com/l6FuD1zKZe— Martin🇳🇴 (@NorwegianSpursy) January 9, 2022
Ndombele lost the respect of the fans that still backed him, his manager and his team mates today.— DAN (@YidVids) January 9, 2022
He's a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/nwsCSH1dYM
Romero is like “who the hell do u think u are” 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/xsQiZ0nnrA— MatthewTHFC🏴 (@Matthew48888047) January 9, 2022
I’m just waiting for a story about how there’s been a bust up between Eric Dier and Ndombele at training— ivorian josh 🇨🇮 (@thfcjoshx) January 10, 2022
The sights did not make for pleasant viewing considering the Frenchman’s future at the club, with this perhaps being the lowest point of his Spurs stint so far.