Tanguy Ndombele reportedly looks set to leave Tottenham this summer, and we think that Liverpool should seriously consider signing him.
The Frenchman is yet to play a minute of action under new boss Nuno Esperito Santo. This includes both in pre-season and their opening pair of competitive fixtures of 2021/22.
The manager confirmed in a press conference that he will not feature against Wolves this weekend, either.
The player is fit and available to play, but Santo seemingly does not want to field players that are not 100% committed to Spurs.
If a club is willing to pay what the Lilywhites want for him, he will leave before the end of the transfer window.
We think that Ndombele would be an excellent fit at Liverpool.
Ndombele has everything needed to succeed at a club like Liverpool
We believe that we have not seen anything close to Ndombele’s best during his time in England.
When he and Giovanni Lo Celso were signed in 2019, we thought that they would go on to form one of the best midfield duos around.
However, it has not worked out that way. The sacking of Mauricio Pochettino mere months after Ndombele was signed was the beginning of the end.
Jose Mourinho seemed to take a set against him straight away, and he simply never gelled with the Portuguese boss. Being played out of position as a No 10 was just one of the issues that he came across.
The 24-year-old could be one of the best out-and-out No 8’s around if used correctly.
Despite Mourinho not trusting him defensively, Ndombele has put up excellent tackle and interception numbers throughout his career, with over three per game since his first full professional season.
He is also an elite dribbler and excellent at evading the press. This would make him the perfect player to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
We think that Jurgen Klopp could make a top-class player out of him. It may take him a little while to adjust tactically, but we have no doubt that he could do it.
If anyone can turn the natural talent that he possesses into consistent performances, it is Klopp.
If Ndombele pushes hard enough, Spurs will probably sell him for a bit less than the £55m that they paid to sign him for. Whether they would sell to a Premier League rival is another question.
Going for Ndombele may be a risk, but we think that it would be one worth taking for Liverpool.