‘He needs time to adapt’ – Pochettino on Spurs’ big-money signing, Ndombele


Tottenham manger, Mauricio Pochettino has asked the club to be patient with Spurs’ big-money signing,Tanguy Ndombele with the Argentine aware that the Frenchman will need time to adapt to Premier League culture.

The manager believes despite being Spurs’ big-money signing,on investment worth a club-record of £65m ($79m) the club “cannot expect too much” from him as he still needs time to improve.

The Argentine tactician has said: “For him it’s difficult. We cannot expect too much.

“We need to accept he needs time to adapt to first a new culture, a new country, new habits.

“Of course it’s only him who arrived to the club and that makes it more difficult. When a few players are new they can help each other but it’s only him.

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“We need to give him time but I am happy in the way he is adapting. He is open to improving and learning but needs time to [until we] see the best version of him.”

Pochettino has been freed to spend again this summer after two windows of no movement at Spurs.

Ndombele is among those to have been drafted in and there could be more arrivals before the Premier League deadline passes on Thursday.

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Pochettino has hinted at further additions, although he has previously pointed out that recruitment calls lie outside of his control as head coach.

“I am happy with my squad,” he added .

“In every season we are always open to improve the squad and to try to find the right players to be stronger and better and there are still four days.

“We’ll see what happens in the next few days.”


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