An Italian journalist has done a complete turnaround on how he thinks Tanguy Ndombele will fare at Napoli after witnessing the player’s debut for the club in a friendly.
Tottenham’s record signing moved to Naples on loan this summer, with the Serie A side reportedly able to make the move a permanent one for around £25million at any point during the season.
And while the jury is still out over whether the Frenchman will remain in Italy, he’s certainly made a big early impression.
Ndombele lined up in the Napoli side for a friendly clash with Juve Stabia on Wednesday.
He then made the headlines with a stunning goal and played so well that journalist Valter De Maggio was forced into a backdown.
He told Radio Kiss Kiss, as relayed by Napoli Piu: “I have to say my mea culpa for what I said about the midfielder Ndombele and I have no problem recognising my mistake in some of my evaluations. I said I’d never break up a midfield of Stanislav Lobotka, Frank Anguissa and Piotr Zielinski to bring in Ndombele.
“After seeing what the former Tottenham man did against Juve Stabia, I changed my mind. How can you keep such a player out?
“The French footballer, for all the qualities he has, must absolutely also be a protagonist of the new Luciano Spalletti branded Napoli.”
Ndombele failed to convince numerous Tottenham managers that he was worth a run in the side. Indeed, his best spell came under Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese was eventually sacked.
Ndombele not a Conte-type player
The Frenchman never stood a chance under Conte, given the Italian’s focus on work rate and discipline.
That forced him to head back to old club Lyon on loan last season. However, they decided against a permanent return.
He certainly cannot have done much more to make an early impression after his efforts against Stabia.
Napoli open up their Serie A season with a trip to Fiorentina on Sunday evening.
They will also be in the Champions League and could actually face Tottenham. The draw takes place on Thursday evening.