Michael Brown claims Tanguy Ndombele is getting away with average performances due to the impressive Tottenham results.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs midfielder suggested that the 23-year-old had actually “played better and got criticism” during a difficult first season in north London.
Ndombele has started four of Tottenham’s six Premier League games this season, while he featured as a substitute in the other two.
The French midfielder, who joined Spurs for a club-record fee in the summer of 2019, was publicly chastised by Jose Mourinho last season for his performance levels and fitness issues.
Brown suggests that Ndombele has not actually improved this term but that the club’s good start to the season is helping him avoid the critics.
Brown told Football Insider: “The team’s doing well, I think that’s the difference, that’ll give him confidence and it does take time to settle in.
“You know that if you’re in a side that wins, you can just drift through and everyone will leave you alone. It’s when the results are not there that things are questioned.
“Ndombele, he’ll say it himself – he’s played better and got criticism than he has when the team wins and everyone says he’s doing much better. Actually, it’s not always the case.”
Ndombele has a total of 38 appearances and four goals under his belt for Spurs to date.
He has sat out just three times across all competitions for the Lilywhites this season, with Thursday’s Europa League tie the first time he has missed out on a matchday squad.