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One to Watch: Tanguy Ndombele

Think of footballing nations, and one of the first thoughts has to be France. Runaway winners of the World Cup earlier this year with a squad so deep some of the biggest names in football couldn’t even get a sniff. Part of this success surely has to come from the central midfield of dreams, Kante, Pogba and Matuidi, a perfect balance of defensive quality, selflessness and the ability to pick a pass that sometimes even surprises the target. Using Tanguy Ndombele Whoscored stats, we think he is One to Watch

The future looks incredibly bright for the nation, and among the bigger names of Varane, Tolisso and Mbappe there is another star in the making, slowly rising to the top of world football. Tanguy Ndombele.

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Having played in the youth ranks of Guingamp and allegedly being released after being ‘overweight’, Ndombele signed with Amiens and climbed through the ranks. After having a season long loan at Lyon, the French midfielder was snapped up at the beginning of this season for a reported €8 million + add ons. Now only 4 months into his first season contracted to the club, there seems to be worldwide interest.

Tanguy Ndombele Whoscored stats

The defensive skills Ndombele possesses is a talent and has lead him to be billed as the ‘next N’Golo Kante’, being able to tackle and intercept and have an understanding of the game that many would dream of. He provides a balance to a Lyon team where the stars are the attacking threats of Fekir and Depay. His tackles per game of 1.9 is not particularly impressive compared to other players in the league, and that might be why the comparison to Kante is a difficult one to justify, but the awareness is there and it’s influential.

The thing that makes him so in demand and a threat is in the other side of his game, going forward. The player has already amassed an amazing highlight reel on YouTube of skills and tricks, and a record of 4 assists in 16 games in Ligue 1 is an impressive one, showing a forward thinking awareness and the ability to carry the ball and the vision to spot a key pass. He has a pass accuracy of 89.1%, the 17th highest in the whole of Ligue 1 and an average of 1.4 key passes per game, higher than any of the top 10. This shows a versatility to his passing. Accuracy is one thing, but these passes can be pro active and attacking as well. Crosses, through balls, the passing ability of Ndombele is impressive.

Tanguy Ndombele stats – Looking to the Future

Ndombele possesses all the qualities of a box-to-box midfielder, and in a time where the 10 year run of Messi and Ronaldo winning the Balon D’Or was broken this year by Luka Modric, the position is obviously an important and valued one. He caught the eye of many on the global scale in the Champions League group stages with a show against Hoffenheim that earned him a 9.31 rating from Tanguy Ndombele Whoscored page and impressive performances against Manchester City. He is on the radar of some large clubs, and at only 21 years old, Ndombele is looking to be a very useful player for the lucky team that ends up with his signature.

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