Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has urged Tanguy Ndombele to use his talent for the club rather than for himself, acknowledging that the Frenchman must work’much harder’ than the rest of his team.
Since his £63 million move from Lyon in 2019, the midfielder has struggled to establish himself in north London, often impressing with his dribbling talents but leaving much to be desired in terms of his work ethic – and he has struggled to perform consistently under his first four managers.
Ndombele has skill, but Conte believes his main issue is his positioning, adding that he can’t just ‘dash about the pitch’ and must work hard for the club as a whole.
‘It is critical that you perform what the position requires. We are putting forth a lot of effort. He has to put forth a lot more effort than the others. He has potential, but he needs to put it to work for the team rather than for himself.
‘Every single participant must be aware of his or her responsibilities. It will be a shambles if every player simply rushes around the pitch.’
Ndombele was signed by Mauricio Pochettino and given opportunities by his successor Jose Mourinho, but he swiftly fell out with the former Chelsea manager, who was critical of a performance against Burnley in which he hooked the player at halftime and afterwards claimed the club ‘didn’t have a midfield.’
Source: Daily Mail