Tanguy Ndombele – Player Profile
Tanguy Ndombele joined Spurs from French outfit Olympic Lyonnais in the summer of 2019 for a club-record fee worth around £65 million.
Ndombele was born in France on the 28th of December 1996 to parents of Congolese descent. Tanguy moved to Brittany at the age of 14 to sign for recently relegated Guingamp where he spent three seasons. A testament to his ability and willingness to learn, Ndombele made his senior debut at the age of just 16 in a reserve match fixture.
After his three year spell at Guingamp, Ndombele signed for Ligue 2 side SC Amiens. He’d trialed at many other clubs but was never offered a contract due to an issue with him being ‘overweight’. After a season playing reserve football, Ndombele became a first-team regular in the 2015-16, playing 18 games.
It wasn’t long before he was attracting attention from the biggest clubs in France as Ndombele signed for Lyon on loan for a reported €2 million where the club would make the move permanent for an extra €8 million. The club identified him as an ideal replacement for the then Munich bound Corentin Tolisso having been branded the new ‘Michael Essien’ from the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aula.
Ndombele was a no 1 target for many clubs in the 2019 summer transfer window but chose to join Spurs with Mauricio Pochettino being the deciding factor. Ndombele said: “Tottenham have one of the best managers in the world. The fact that he wants you, it makes you want to come work with him. He was the crucial factor in my decision.”
Tanguy Ndombele is also a full French international, making his debut in October 2018 against Iceland.
A strong, technical midfielder who loves to drive from deep, the Ndombele signing is set to be a hit with the Spurs faithful in his first season.
|Full Name||Tanguy NDombele|
|Date of Birth||28th December 1996|
|Place of Birth||Longjumeau, France|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|National Team||France – 6 appearances|
|Domestic Cup Appearances||0|