He’s injured at the moment, but Tanguy Ndombele has still made an impressive start to his time with Tottenham Hotspur.
Ndombele scored a crucial equalizer for Spurs in their first game of the season against Aston Villa. His rocket of a shot tied the game before the Lilywhites scored two more on their way to a 3-1 victory.
Spurs’ newest French midfielder should be back in action soon, and he recently sat down with Moussa Sissoko to talk about his transition to life in England and to life in the Premier League.
Sissoko and Ndombele have become fast friends, and it seems that the former has been helping the latter settle in at his new home.
Overall, Ndombele seems very pleased with his beginnings at Spurs.
“Things have been going well. Everyone has given me a warm welcome, the fans have welcome me too, so yes things are going well. Everybody has welcomed me into the team, that is the most important thing when you are a new arrival.”
Tottenham signed Ndombele from Lyon in early July for a fee around £55 million. He had spent two years there after starting his career at Amiens and coming up in the youth academy at Guingamp.
He has only played in two games so far, but Ndombele didn’t think things were proving to be too different in England than they were in France, other than the pace of the game.
“No between Tottenham and Lyon there’s not really a great deal of difference. They are both teams that play with the ball. The big difference between the Premier League and Ligue 1 is the speed. Here in the Premier League it is always a fast paced game. The players drive forward, but in France there are periods of calm. That is the big difference.”
Well, so far it seems like Ndombele has adapted to the new speed of the Premier League pretty well. Hopefully he will be healthy enough to feature against Crystal Palace after the international break.
Finally, Ndombele laid out his goals for this, his first season in Britain.
“I’m not the kind of person who sets themselves any limits,” said the Frenchman. “We are going to try to go as far as we can and try to achieve something. The season is long and I hope we can achieve to the best of our abilities.”