Tim Sherwood picks out ‘poor’ Tottenham player who ‘let the side down’ in loss to Chelsea
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Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has called for Tanguy Ndombele to be dropped from the Spurs starting line-up. The French midfielder played just over an hour of the 3-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
Spurs conceded twice shortly after half-time in the loss to their London rivals, with Ndombele being one of the players who could have shut down N’Golo Kante before the half-time substitute shot from range for Chelsea’s second goal.
And ex-boss Sherwood singled out the midfielder for his role in the goal.
“If you look at Ndombele, he is shattered, he can’t move,” Sherwood said on a Premier League broadcast.
“Dier is telling him ‘get in there, you need to get oppose Kante there’.
“He can’t get there. He physically can’t get there.”
Ndombele was withdrawn soon after Kante’s goal, in what was only the 24-year-old’s second appearance of the season.
The midfielder missed the start of the campaign due to fitness concerns, featuring for the first time in last Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Rennes in the Europa Conference League.
“Don’t play the kid. If he’s clearly not fit then don’t play him because he’s letting the side down,” Sherwood suggested.
“He can’t lift his legs off the ground. And Kante takes a pop shot, it’s lucky and the spin takes it past Lloris.
“But defensively, it’s very poor. You can’t leave that space there at the centre of your goal and 25 yards out.”
Ndombele was part of a Spurs side who put in an improved showing in the first half on Sunday, putting in a high-energy team display and having the best of the chances in the game.
And manager Nuno Espirito Santo believes that the opening 45 minutes can be the blueprint for his side moving forward.
“I honestly believe the first half was really good, really good,” he said.
“The energy that we put on the pitch – the attitude, the spirit the players had,” the Tottenham manager added.
“So if there’s only one positive today, that was the first half.
“We are going to analyse, there are lots of things we have to look at, but the first impression is the way we conceded really punished us after all the energy we put into the first half.”
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Tottenham return to action against Nuno’s former club Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
And next up in the Premier League for Nuno’s side it is a north London derby away at local rivals Arsenal.
Spurs were top of the table after three rounds of matches thanks to consecutive 1-0 wins, but have now lost their last two to slip back into mid-table.
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