Danny Mills has admitted he is “not convinced” that Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is any better than Mauricio Pochettino’s other options at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says he has not seen enough from the French international to suggest he is worth the big-money fee that Spurs splashed out over the summer.
The 22-year-old has played 13 times for the Lilywhites since joining from Olympique Lyonnais, with six of those appearances coming among the starting XI in the Premier League.
Mills says that the French international may just be taking time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League but that his performances to date have been nothing to write home about.
Mills told Football Insider: “We’ve not really seen the best of him this season, in all honesty.
“It’s one of those midfield players that I’m not really sure has he added a great deal to Tottenham? What was he, £55million, £60million? Is he much better than what they had previously?
“I’m not convinced he is. That may well take time over the next months or whatever, it may well become apparent that he is, it often takes time with players who have come in from abroad. At the moment, he just looks like another Tottenham midfield player.
“I haven’t seen too much of him to go: ‘Oh wow, he offers something massively different to what they’ve got already.'”
Ndombele made a perfect start to his career in north London, netting on the opening day of the Premier League season against Aston Villa, with one more goal under his belt since.
Mauricio Pochettino has chopped and changed among his midfielders this campaign, with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Giovano Lo Celso all getting game time.
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