By Alex McLeish

24th Sep, 2021 | 1:00pm

Ex-manager: Ndombele's stats are dreadful and he's 'not fit enough' to play for Tottenham

Alex McLeish has insisted Tanguy Ndombele must work with the sports science team at Tottenham after his second-half performance against Wolves.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested the 24-year-old’s alarming stats prove his fitness is not at a level where he can deliver for the full 90 minutes.

As detailed by WhoScored, Ndombele’s output against Wolves dropped dramatically in the second half after an impressive first 45 minutes. 

While he had 64 touches in the first half – more than any other player – he managed just 23 after the break.

Subsequently, he made 30 fewer passes (42-12), attempted three fewer dribbles (5-2) and lost possession on more occasions (2-5) in the second half.

McLeish admitted Nuno Espirito Santo needs to get more out the Frenchman if he is to remain a regular starter.

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He suggested the club’s backroom staff need to work with the midfielder to get his fitness levels up.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “If those are the stats then people will pick the bones out of that and say he needs to be more fit.

“I don’t know the way he works, the kind of level, that’s for the sports science team.

“They have to get him to a level where if he’s going to produce statistics like that in the first half, the manager will be wanting that for the whole game.

“You can’t say: ‘I’ve got this guy for 45 minutes and then I’m going to take him off because he doesn’t run about in the second half.’

“That is for the sports science guys to get him to a level of fitness where you’re getting top drawer, 90-minute performances.”

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