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Spurs star Moussa Sissoko: We are very happy with what Ndombele is doing.

Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates [Getty]
Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates [Getty]

Ndombele has started Spurs' last five consecutive Premier League games.

Moussa Sissoko has been impressed with how his compatriot Tanguy Ndombele has turned his fortunes around at Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Newcastle midfielder believes Ndombele, who joined the Lilywhites from French side Lyon last summer, needed time to settle in at the north London club after struggling to make an impact in his debut season in the English top flight.

Ndombele has now started six out of eight Premier League games so far this season, with Spurs winning five and drawing one of those matches as they sit second in the league table.

“I think everyone is very happy with what Tanguy is doing at the moment,” the 31-year-old told Spurs official website.

“Of course, last season was a tough season for him – I can say that’s normal, because when you are a young player and you change countries, you go somewhere where you are living alone and you don’t speak the language, and everything is different. Even the league, where you play – you need time to adapt. That was my case as well, when I first came to Tottenham.

“I said to him to stay calm, stay patient, and just work hard in training and try to understand everyone here. Everyone knows he has talent, and everyone is sure he will perform. He’s had a few problems, but everything is fine and you can see this season that he’s very happy to be part of this team – he’s showing a lot of quality on the pitch and we are all happy to have Tanguy in that form. I think he will even improve during the season, but what he is doing and showing is good at the moment.”

When asked if Ndombele seems to be a different person off the pitch, Sissoko said: “No, not a different person off the pitch, he’s just more open with everyone. Last season it was complicated for him. It’s tough, he doesn’t speak the language and it’s difficult to be open with everyone and speak with everyone.

"This year it’s totally different. Maybe because he’s been playing well, his English is improving a lot, so he can now speak English with players in the changing room, he’s laughing and joking with everyone and that’s good. It’s what we want to see. When you come, maybe you need time to adapt, and Tanguy needed that time. Now the past is gone, and we are all focussed on now, and he’s doing well, he’s happy, everyone is happy with what he’s doing. Let’s keep going in that direction.”

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