Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo calls for ‘patience’ with Tanguy Ndombele after club record buy made just his first appearance of the season in European draw at Rennes
- Tanguy Ndombele had requested to leave Tottenham Hotspur over the summer
- Creative midfielder was dropped from the side after Jose Mourinho sacking
- New boss Nuno Espirito Santo gave him first start of the season in Rennes draw
- Spurs looking to kick-start stuttering campaign with victory over rivals Chelsea
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged for patience with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
The Frenchman made his first appearance of the season in Thursday’s 2-2 Europa Conference League draw with Rennes, having asked to leave the club before the campaign started.
The club’s record buy has been inconsistent since his £60million-plus move from Lyon two years ago and found himself frustrated at being left out of the side by interim boss Ryan Mason at the end of last season.
Tanguy Ndombele played his first minutes of the season after starting for Tottenham at Rennes
The midfielder had requested to leave the club over the summer after falling out of the side
He showed glimpses of what he is capable of at Rennes as an audacious off-balance backheel helped set up Spurs’ opener and he was the player most likely to break the lines.
Many people see him as the answer to help solve Spurs’ creativity issues, but Nuno is cautious.
‘It was the first game Tanguy was involved in since the beginning of the season,’ Nuno said.
‘We had all the pre-season and we are already playing Premier League and European competition and it was Tanguy’s first game so let’s be patient.’
New Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged for patience over Ndombele form
Ndombele could be involved as Spurs host title contenders Chelsea on Sunday.
While Spurs have stuttered since their run to the 2019 Champions League final, Chelsea are on the rise in the wake of Thomas Tuchel’s appointment.
He led them to Champions League glory last season and most see them as credible challengers to Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Nuno is not surprised at how quickly the German has turned things around at Stamford Bridge, saying: ‘(They are a) very good team. Thomas is doing an amazing job.
Spurs have made a stuttering start to the season and were off the pace in the draw at Rennes
‘They have an amazing squad, talented players, they play good football, they are organised, they are intense. They are European champions so we must value that as we do to all of the opponents but Sunday we will compete, that’s a promise.
‘No, there’s no surprise at all. Thomas already did an amazing job at Borussia Dortmund (and was) fantastic at PSG. He and his coaching staff have enormous quality so I am not surprised by the success of Thomas.
‘For me it is not a surprise because you can see how good they play.’