Alan Shearer has told Premier League Productions that Tottenham star Tanguy Ndombele is “frustrating”, and ordered him to be more consistent.
Ndombele, 24, scored his second goal of the season – cancelling out Callum Wilson’s opener as Spurs eventually ran out 3-2 winners on Tyneside.
The France international’s effort was special, cutting inside and giving the time and space to place a shot into the top corner of Karl Darlow’s goal.
He was excellent throughout, in fact. Breaking the lines, the Newcastle midfield did not know whether to mark him, or sit deeper behind him.
Having impressed, Shearer questioned why the club-record signing cannot do that every week. He said Ndombele must be frustrating for Spurs fans.
“He’s a frustrating player, is Ndombele,” Shearer told Premier League Productions. “There’s no doubt he’s got the talent in there.
“But from a Spurs perspective, they will wish he could do that more often because he played really, really well today.”
Ndombele is a top, top player. One with incredible skill, power, a low centre of gravity necessary for his turning ability – he really has it all.
But the things he lacks, separate him from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. His work ethic, and his attitude. His body language can be questionable.
Since joining Spurs in 2019, he has rarely completely 90 minutes – his fitness, and ability to produce consistently over that time proving too much.
But getting a bit more confidence in the game time he does play, will surely in turn improve his body language. It might also, up his attitude.