Darren Bent claims that Tanguy Ndombele can be the long-term successor to Mousa Dembele at Tottenham if he continues to feature for Jose Mourinho.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker insists the 23-year-old is the “closest thing” he has seen to the Belgian fan favourite in north London.

Ndombele, who came under heavy fire from both fans and Mourinho last season, has featured in all of the Lilywhites’ games across all competitions so far this campaign.

The club’s record signing, the France international was criticised for his fitness levels as he managed to make just 17 starts in 29 appearances.

However, Bent believes that the midfielder has the ability not only to become a star but to fill a void left by one of the north London faithful’s favourites.

Bent told Football Insider: “Mourinho came out and criticised him and we questioned him last season, why can he not play back to back. why’s he not fit enough, why’s he always carrying a knock?

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“To be fair, we always knew the ability was there, he was linked to Barcelona, they were like: ‘Well we’ll take him, if he’s not staying at Spurs, we’ll take him.’ He’s got the ability, he’s powerful, he can go past people.

“For me, getting the best out of Ndombele, he’s the closes thing I’ve seen to Mousa Dembele so if they can get him fit and firing, that’s a big, big asset for Spurs.

“Hopefully, he continues to play well, continues to get picked by Mourinho and he continues to deliver. We know he’s got the ability.”

Dembele, now at Chinese side Guangzhou R&F, spent six-and-a-half years with Spurs and played 249 times across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Ndombele has 35 appearances, three goals and four assists to his name for the north Londoners.

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