The club-record signing endured a turbulent first season at Tottenham after his arrival in July 2019 from Lyon. Jose Mourinho, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino midway through the season was clearly unimpressed with the midfielder and criticised him publicly for his performance in the draw against Burnley last season.
Ndombele was expected to leave this summer after failing to play under Mourinho last season. However, the Frenchman decided to stay and fight for his place this season. The decision to stay has paid rich dividends as Ndombele has featured regularly this season by making 20 appearances across all competitions.
The midfielder put in an emphatic performance against Wolves recently by scoring the opener for Spurs, and caused lots of problems for Nuno’s side. Mourinho has acknowledged the improvement and praised Ndombele for his evolution at Tottenham. Speaking to reporters, the Tottenham manager said “We are happy, apart from a couple of matches where his performances were not good. Overall there was a big evolution. He’s a player who is playing very well and is giving some good things to the team.”
Having started most of the games, Ndombele has gone on to complete the full 90 minutes only twice this season, none in Premier League. The midfielder admitted to finding the intensity of Premier League difficult to adjust, and Mourinho believes the Frenchman can definitely improve on that front.
Mourinho added “In his case, he’s adapting to a league that is not new, new, new for him but let’s forget last season where he didn’t play much and had lots of injuries. This season I believe to play at this intensity and to give the team what it needs with and without the ball, it’s not easy for him to last 90 minutes. To play at this intensity, Premier League intensity and to last for 90 minutes is another step in the direction of his fitness.”