Antonio Conte admits that Tanguy Ndombele ‘has to work A LOT more than others’ at Tottenham after two difficult years and tells the £ 63 million midfielder to use his ‘talent and quality’ for the good of the team, not as an individual.
- Spurs coach Antonio Conte has urged Tanguy Ndombele to work for the team
- The French midfielder has had a bumpy start to life with Tottenham
- Conte insists the player is talented but wants him to focus on his positioning
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has urged Tanguy Ndombele to use his quality for the good of the team and not as an individual, admitting that the Frenchman needs to work “much harder” than the rest of the team.
The midfielder has had a rocky start to his life in North London since his £ 63 million trade from Lyon in 2019, often impressing with his dribbling skills but leaving a lot to be desired in terms of work ethic, and he has struggled for producing consistency under his first four managers.
Conte may acknowledge that Ndombele has the knack for cutting the mustard on the Spurs, but believes his biggest problem is his positioning, saying he can’t just “run the field” and must work hard for the team as a collective.
Antonio Conte has urged midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to work much harder for Tottenham
Ndombele needs to work on his positioning, says Conte, who is sure of the player’s talent.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of his first home game against Leeds United on Sunday, Conte said: ‘I’ve seen a lot of coaches struggle with their position. It has the quality. He has to understand that he is a team and he has to play on the team.
‘It is important to do what the position asks you to do. We work very hard. You have to work much more than the others. He has talent but he has to put it on the team for the team, not for the individual player.
“Each player has to know what to do. If all the players just run around the field, it will be a disaster. ”
Ndombele was signed by Mauricio Pochettino and his successor José Mourinho gave him opportunities, but he quickly fell out with the former Chelsea boss, who was scathing about a particular performance against Burnley, who saw him hook the player at halftime and then admit the team. ‘I didn’t have a midfield.’
The former Lyon player has made two substitute appearances for Conte so far, and the Italian wants him to understand his role in the team.
The Frenchman has had a difficult start in life at Spurs and fought with José Mourinho (D)
He has been regularly linked to moves, and big clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich have often been credited with interest.
Ndombele has made five Premier League starts this season under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, and has been a substitute in Conte’s first two games in charge.
He came in for 22 minutes in a 3-2 Conference League win over Vitesse, and was just five minutes into the 0-0 draw at Everton. He has scored two goals this season: one in the Carabao Cup against Wolves and one in the league against Newcastle.
Conte insists his players need time to adjust to his demands as he meets his new team.
Ndombele is just one of many players Conte is trying to work closely with to improve after a poor start to the season with Nuno. Spurs are ninth in the table before their game against Leeds, and the Italian wants to help the players reach ‘another level’ to turn their campaign around.
“Especially when you come to a new club, you talk to all the players,” he added. ‘You take the time to have one on one with all the players, to get to know them all, not only through the football aspect. They need to know me and I need to know them.
‘I have found players with a lot of desire to work and a lot of desire to improve. I am the first person to know that we need a little time because this team is a young team.
‘My first task is to try to improve the players, to take my players to another level. On this team, many players can do this.