Jamie O’Hara has told Stadium Astro that Tottenham star Tanguy Ndombele looked “dead on his feet” against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Ndombele, 24, was given the nod in the 10 role as Nuno altered his midfield – following last Sunday’s heavy defeat to Arsenal in the North London derby.
Spurs went slightly more defensive against Villa – starting Oliver Skipp alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, acting as a defensive screen in a 4-2-3-1.
Ndombele played ahead of the defensive midfielders – Nuno opting to pick the Frenchman ahead of both Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso on Sunday.
But Ndombele struggled to really have any kind of impact. The midfielder was taken off after 76 minutes against Villa, Lo Celso replacing him.
Speaking on Stadium Astro, ex-Spurs midfielder O’Hara was critical of Tottenham’s club-record signing Ndombele – lambasting his fitness.
“I would’ve liked to have seen Nuno make a couple of changes,” O’Hara said. “Ndombele looked like he was dead on his feet after an hour.
“He left on him for another 15 minutes. He’s got to be more ruthless with his tactics, and find out what his best side is. But a big result against Villa.”
In the early stages of the season, Dele was given plenty of his plaudits for his performances – even as an 8. He worked incredibly hard in the summer.
Dele, also 24, watched on from the bench on Sunday as Spurs edged past Villa. Lo Celso was brought on ahead of Dele, on 76 minutes.
That might be given Lo Celso is more equipped to play defensively and Spurs needed to tighten up. But Dele has the consistency.
This season, at least. Every time he has played, he has contributed. Lo Celso’s form is up and down, and Ndombele is not fit enough.
Of the three, Dele needs to be given the faith and confidence in him to shine for Spurs under Nuno. Clearly, he has what it takes.