Tottenham may look to “offload” Tanguy Ndombele this summer amid interest from Real Madrid, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Spurs could replace the midfielder for someone more consistent.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Real Madrid have approached Tottenham over a potential deal for the 24-year-old ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
Spurs have not yet decided to listen to offers for the France international as they look to appoint a new manager.
However, the Lilywhites would want to at least recoup the £54million spent on his capture if they were to sell.
Whelan suggested Tottenham would consider selling Ndombele if they could replace him with someone who could deliver week in, week out.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It was a slow start for him, he had issues with the manager. Going out in Covid and not doing what he was told.
“Also, not putting in the work rate that is expected and is needed of a player that costs a lot of money in the Premier League. I think he got to grips with it this season, absolutely.
“His turnaround and performances were a lot, lot better, a lot stronger and caught the eye a lot more. Real Madrid are an ageing side, they need legs in that department and all over the field.
“You look and it’s one of those conundrums that you come across every now and again. He has had one good season. Do you see what he’s got to offer next year, or do you take the opportunity to offload him?
“Maybe try and find somebody else that’s going to be a bit easier to deal with, possibly and get a bit more consistency from his performances. That’s what you’ve got to look at.”
Ndombele has played 45 times for Spurs this season, with six goals and four assists to his name.
However, he has not started the last three league games under Ryan Mason.