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Newcastle United Leading The Race To Sign This Tottenham Hotspur Ace: Should Howe Move In?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Media Foot Marseille revealed that Newcastle United are leading the race to sign Tottenham Hotspur ace Tanguy Ndombele this month. It is believed that the Magpies are in pole position to acquire the services of the French midfielder before the end of this summer transfer window.

Ndombele’s Impressive Loan Spell At Lyon Recently

Ndombele had a decent six-month loan spell at Olympique Lyonnais recently and managed to put in a couple of impressive displays for them earlier this year. The French talent picked up two assists in 11 matches for Lyon in the Ligue 1.

The 25-year-old anchored the midfield with conviction as he averaged 2.3 tackles, 0.8 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in the French top tier. He was even careful with his ball distribution after completing 89.2% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Ndombele has still got a few years left in his Tottenham contract. However, he is not a big part of Antonio Conte’s plans for this campaign which could open the door for the Magpies to seal a move for him this month.

St. James' Park
St. James’ Park

Should Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe Move In For Ndombele?

Ndombele can get stuck in with a few crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. He has got the eye to play a killer pass in the opposition half and can complete some promising dribbles with the ball from midfield. Ndombele mainly operates as a box-to-box midfielder but can also anchor the midfield on his own or play in the number ten position as an attacking midfielder if required.

The French midfield ace has to ensure regular playing opportunities if he wants to taste success at the highest level. He is yet to prove his worth in England but could enjoy his time at St. James’ Park as Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has got the luxury to offer him regular first-team starts in the Premier League over the next few years.

At 25, Ndombele’s best years are ahead of him which makes him a good choice for the Magpies to consider during this summer transfer period. He will add more energy and dynamism to Howe’s midfield and could help the Tyneside outfit push for a European place in Premier League football this season. Therefore, Howe should focus on moving in for the French playmaker before the end of this transfer window.

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