Noel Whelan has been left in awe of Tanguy Ndombele’s transformation and claimed now Tottenham don’t have to sell him.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Premier League striker claimed the 24-year-old’s recent displays are down to his much-improved relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
The Frenchman has missed just two Premier League games this season and grabbed his fourth goal in all competitions with an audacious lob from an unlikely angle in their 3-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
It marks a remarkable turnaround for Ndombele who started just four Premier League games under Mourinho last term.
“We didn’t think he’d be at the club a year ago,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“There were a lot of problems with him, performance-wise, not putting in enough effort on the field and then off the field when he should’ve been isolating he was off with other players in parks.
“It looks like manager and player have got a nice relationship now which is what you want to get the best out of the player. He’s got that trust back from the manager which is even more important. If the manager doesn’t trust a player you’ve got no hope in hell of giving your best.
“What a turnaround. You’re getting everything from a player they paid a lot of money for. At the weekend, it was a fantastically taken goal and it shows that’s why you pay the money for a player like that.
“I think Tottenham are benefitting from seeing a happy player, a little bit like Morelos at Rangers, when you’re in a good place and a happy place, you see the best of any player.
“Now Tottenham don’t have to sell him. He can just crack on, play his football and you know you’ve got a player you can trust, enjoy and get the best out of.”