By Gabriel Agbonlahor

16th Nov, 2020 | 6:45am

'I don't care, I know what I can do' - Exclusive: Savaged Spurs player won't conform - pundit

Tanguy Ndombele refuses to listen to criticism from pundits, fans and even the Tottenham manager.

That is according to ex-Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley about a “great player” he claims is a non-conformist.

Ndombele has put a wretched first season at Spurs behind him to become a key player in Jose Mourinho’s high-flying Spurs side who are second in the Premier League this term.

The club-record Tottenham signing was savaged by his own manager at times last season but Agbonlahor has spotted character traits in the Frenchman he has seen in other high achievers across his career.

“When I look at Ndombele I look at a player who I don’t think will take criticism off a manager, I don’t think he will listen to it,”
Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“I don’t think he’ll be bothered about it. He just plays his game, he looks like a laid-back character who just goes and plays his game.

“If he sees something in the press I think he’ll be like ‘I don’t care, I know what I can do’.

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“Then the next game he would have a great game, then he might have a poor game but he wouldn’t let anything get to him, it doesn’t look like it gets to his head.

“If it’s going bad he’s not bothered what us pundits say on the side or what Jose says in the press.

“I think he even said that recently, I read something that he says he didn’t listen to what Jose says.

“He’s that sort of character you get those characters, and I think he’ll be a great player for them.”

In other news, Football Insider has been told a young Tottenham player with a ‘huge reputation’ is set to leave in January after Mourinho confession.