Pundit verdict on Ndombele starting for Tottenham against Chelsea after Standard update
Danny Mills has insisted Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo must work out if Tanguy Ndombele is in his best midfield ahead of tomorrow’s Chelsea clash.
The former Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there was no need for Spurs to “press the panic button” after humiliation against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Ndombele returned to the Tottenham fold in midweek for a 2-2 draw in their Europa Conference League group opener against Rennes.
The midfielder, who requested to leave the North London club in the summer window, played 78 minutes before being replaced by Dele Alli.
As quoted by the Daily Mail after the game, Espirito Santo asked the Spurs faithful to give Ndombele time to get up to speed after failing to appear in pre-season.
The Evening Standard report that Nuno has “little choice but to start” Ndombele tomorrow.
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Mills urged the ex-Wolves boss to establish his preferred personnel in a part of the pitch which has proved tricky to manage.
“I think Tottenham are still in a settling-down period at the moment,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“They had a really good start, but now they just need to kick on and go again now after last week.
“Nuno needs to figure out his best midfield. Does Winks fit into that, or is he a squad player?
“He needs to work through it and work out his best formation and personnel, and if that includes Ndombele.
“Nuno will still be learning an awful lot about his players.
“There’s no need to press the panic button just yet.”
Low-scoring Spurs have struggled to find the net in the absence of injured Heung-min Son – who could return in time to face Chelsea tomorrow.
As per FBref, Tottenham have completed just 14.25 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes this season – the second-worst Premier League total.