Paul Robinson has been left head over heels for Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndbombele and says the summer signing has got to play every single game he can for Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper says that the 22-year-old proved his ability to play multiple games in a week on Wednesday night, featuring for the full 90 minutes against Red Star Belgrade.
The central midfielder also started against Everton over the weekend, having been used as a substitute for the previous two Premier League matches.
Having watched the former Olympique Lyon man stand out against Red Star, Robinson says that any fitness doubts are surely over and that he needs to be playing week in, week out for the Lilywhites.
Robinson told Football Insider: “Last night, the players who played have given Pochettino a problem. Ndombele for me must play week in, week out. He must play.
“They’ve gone on the record about his fitness, how he’s not used to the training methods, he’s not fit enough to play two games in a week. He played against Red Star at home, he was left out against Liverpool and was missed, brought back in and played well against Everton.
“This is the first time the manager’s played him two games in a week. He completed the full 90 minutes, he’s improving, he’s 22, they paid £55million for him and he’s got so much to give. His fitness is improving, he’s proved that he can play two games in a week and the way he is, he’s key to Spurs getting results.
“Ndombele has to play again. If he’s recovered in time, he has to play (v Sheffield United).”
Ndombele has a total of 13 appearances under his belt for Spurs since joining over the summer, his two goals coming against Aston Villa and Southampton.
The north Londoners’ next test sees them take on Sheffield United in the last league fixture before the international break.