Pochettino explains why Spurs should limit expectations of £65m signing

Date published: Monday 5th August 2019 6:48

Tanguy Ndombele (pic from Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Mauricio Pochettino has urged fans not to put too much pressure on Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele.

Ndombele joined Spurs from Lyon this summer in a deal worth up to £65m, and started three of the four games he played in pre-season – recording an assist for Lucas Moura on his debut against Juventus.

However, despite the impressive start, Pochettino has issued a message of caution, insisting that it will take time for the French international midfielder to settle in the Premier League.

“For him it’s difficult. We cannot expect too much,” said the Spurs boss. “We need to accept he needs time to adapt to first a new culture, a new country, new habits.

“Of course it’s only him who arrived to the club and that makes it more difficult. When a few are new they can help each other but it’s only him.

“We need to give him time but I am happy in the way he is adapting. He is open to improve and learn but needs time to see the best version of him.”

Meanwhile, Ndombele’s new teammate Jan Vertonghen has confirmed he is happy to stay at the club amid uncertainty over his future, with just one year remaining on his contract. Read the full story here.

 

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