0 PL apps in 2022, criticised by Conte, supporter fallout – Midfielder to leave Tottenham

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Tanguy Ndombele could be on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur before the January transfer window shuts as he’s surplus to requirements under Antonio Conte, has drawn the ire of supporters for poor performances and has a suitor willing to sign him.

The 25-year-old requested a transfer last summer but ended up staying to make six Premier League appearances in September and October. Nuno Espirito Santo getting sacked changed everything, however, as Ndombele hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with Conte.

Immediately after arriving, the Spurs boss was telling Ndombele to work hard and put the team first. The fact he’s made only three league appearances between November and January, amassing a paltry 80 minutes of football, suggests Ndombele didn’t take the criticism on board.

Conte dropped him in January and ordered him to play alone, so the writing has been on the wall this month. The January transfer window shuts on Monday evening, so Tottenham don’t have long to cash in. Julien Maynard of Telefoot says Olympique Lyonnais want to bring the 25-year-old back to France, so a move could get over the line in time.

Ndombele joined Spurs on a six-year deal from Lyon and has gone on to make 91 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals with nine assists. The French international has been pushed down the pecking order as Conte prefers Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg and Harry Winks.

Ndombele hasn’t featured in the league since the turn of the year and isn’t even making the matchday squad anymore. The 25-year-old can’t be happy with his current situation, so moving back to Lyon might be an attractive proposition.

The final nail in the coffin will be supporters turning on Ndombele after he was substituted in Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Morecambe. If the manager won’t play him and fans don’t like him, there’s little reason for the midfielder to stay in North London.