Tanguy Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro (born 28 December 1996) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the France national team.

Tanguy Ndombele
Personal information
Full name Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-28) 28 December 1996 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Longjumeau, France[2]
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Midfielder[2]
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 28
Youth career
2002–2005 FC Épinay Sous Sénart
2005–2009 FC d'Épinay Athletico
2009–2011 E.S.A. Linas-Montlhéry
2011–2014 Guingamp
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Amiens B 22 (1)
2016–2018 Amiens 33 (2)
2017–2018Lyon (loan) 32 (0)
2018–2019 Lyon 34 (1)
2019– Tottenham Hotspur 27 (3)
National team
2017–2018 France U21 11 (0)
2018– France 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:28, 26 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ndombele was born in France to parents from D.R. Congo.[4] As a child, he played at FC Épinay Athlético, a club based in Épinay-sous-Sénart, about 20 kilometres south-east of Paris, in Essone. He then moved to Brittany when he was just 14, in order to play for Guingamp, where he spent three seasons. He wasn't offered a professional contract at the end of his development. At only 16, he made his senior debut, on 11 January 2014 with the reserves, by replacing Vital N'Simba near the final whistle.[citation needed]

He then signed for SC Amiens, who'd just been relegated from French Ligue 2 in June 2014, he took this as an opportunity to trial at numerous clubs (Auxerre, Caen, and Angers) but wasn't signed. The issue was that N'dombele was criticised for being "overweight", this was the main reason that he wasn't signed by clubs, even though trialists were aware that he was a good playmaker.[citation needed]

Ndombele played 2 seasons in Championnat National 3 with the Amiens reserve team. He only played one game during the 2014–15 season, 8 November 2014, once again, coming on late in the match. He became a regular during the 2015–16 season, taking part in 18 matches. He started for the first time on 5 September 2015 at the age of 18 years and 9 months.[citation needed]


On 31 August 2017, Ndombele moved to Lyon on a one-year loan. According to L'Équipe, Lyon paid €2 million for the loan. Lyon also secured an option to sign him permanently for €8 million, plus a possible €250,000 in bonuses and 20% of any profit made should he be transferred from Lyon to another club.[5]

Ndombele made his competitive debut for Lyon's first team in the 2–0 Ligue 1 away loss to Paris Saint-Germain on 17 September 2017; he started the match and was replaced by Christopher Martins in the 72nd minute.[6] On 15 February 2018, Ndombele scored a goal (his first career competitive goal for Lyon's first team) in the 46th minute of their 3–1 home win over Villarreal CF in the round of 32 first leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.[7]

His first season at Lyon was very successful as he provided great energy to the team while helping them get back to Champions League football for the next season as Lyon finished third behind PSG and Monaco. He became an indisputable starter for the team and was, alongside Ferland Mendy and Houssem Aouar, one of the great young players of his team. Few teams also showed interest for the French prodigy but Lyon made it clear that he won't be sold and won't return to his former club Amiens as Lyon paid the €8 million release clause to buy him.[citation needed]

The next season, Lyon signed him permanently as it was previously stated in the loan deal and his contract was extended until 2022 with the Gones. He started off the season well and for his first match in the UEFA Champions League against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, he played brilliantly against world-class players while helping his team upset the English giants (2–1 away win, goals from Cornet and Fekir). This 5-star performance helped him gain a lot of attention from big European teams such as Manchester City, PSG and even Real Madrid. He then scored his first Champions League goal against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on 11 November 2018 (2–2 draw). As the season progressed, he played consistently and it appeared inevitable that he was going to leave that summer. He scored his first Ligue 1 goal against Nîmes on 24 May 2019 and Lyon eventually finished 3rd in Ligue 1, behind Lille and PSG. His team was also eliminated by FC Barcelona in Champions League Round-of-16 (5–1 loss over the two legs) and finished the season trophyless despite giving out great performances against superior teams (2–1 win against PSG, 2–1 win and 2–2 draw against Manchester City, 0–0 draw against Barcelona). Lyon's president Jean-Michel Aulas announced that he had received offers for Ndombele and that he might leave that summer.[8]

Tottenham HotspurEdit

On 2 July 2019, Ndombele signed for Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth €62 million (£55.45 million) plus up to €10 million (£8.97 million) in add-ons.[9] Ndombele made his debut in the 2019 International Champions Cup against Juventus. Within a minute of being substituted on and with his first touch in a Tottenham shirt, Ndombele assisted Lucas Moura.[10] Tottenham won the game 3–2.

On 10 August 2019, Ndombele made his Premier League debut for Tottenham and scored the first league goal for the club in the 2019–20 season, helping the team to come from behind to win 3–1 against Aston Villa.[11]

Due to his poor form, after a 1–1 draw with Burnley FC on 7 March 2020 Tottenham manager José Mourinho criticised Ndombele's performance and his perceived unprofessionalism saying "He's a player with great talent. He has to know he has to do much better and know I cannot keep giving him opportunities to play because the team is much more important."[12] He only played two further games that season, and his poor relationship with the manager led to widespread expectation he would leave in the summer,[13][14] but he stayed with the rift somewhat healed.[15]

In the 2020–21 season, on 17 September 2020, Ndombele scored the late winner against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, sealing a 2–1 win that sent Tottenham to the next qualifying round.[16] In the Premier League game against Manchester United on 4 October, he scored his first Premier League goal of the season, starting a rout that ended in a 6–1 win, which is the biggest win for Tottenham at Old Trafford, and the best result against United since 1932.[17]

International careerEdit

On 11 October 2018, Ndombele made his senior France debut by coming on as a substitute for Paul Pogba in the 67th minute of the friendly match against Iceland at the Stade du Roudourou in Guingamp that ended in a 2–2 draw.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

On 27 August 2020, Ndombele tested positive for COVID-19.[19] As a result, he missed out on two matches for the France national team.[20]

Career statisticsEdit


As of match played 26 October 2020[6]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Amiens 2016–17 Ligue 2 30 2 0 0 1 0 31 2
2017–18 Ligue 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 33 2 0 0 1 0 34 2
Lyon (loan) 2017–18 Ligue 1 32 0 4 0 1 0 10 1 47 1
Lyon 2018–19 34 1 5 0 2 0 8 2 49 3
Total 66 1 9 0 3 0 18 3 96 4
Tottenham Hotspur 2019–20 Premier League 21 2 2 0 0 0 6 0 29 2
2020–21 6 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 9 2
Total 27 3 2 0 1 0 8 1 38 4
Career total 126 6 11 0 5 0 26 4 0 0 168 10


As of match played 11 June 2019[21]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2018 4 0
2019 2 0
Total 6 0




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  3. ^ "Tanguy Ndombele: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  4. ^ Enyimo, Martin (3 August 2016). "Ligue 2 française : des RD-Congolais de souche titulaires en clubs en première journée | adiac-congo.com : toute l'actualité du Bassin du Congo". Accueil Adiac (in French). Retrieved 25 December 2016.
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  9. ^ Hytner, David (2 July 2019). "Tanguy Ndombele signs six-year Tottenham deal to seal £55m move". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  10. ^ talkSPORT (21 July 2019). "Spurs fans need just one minute to make up minds about Ndombele". talkSPORT. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  11. ^ Krishnan, Joe (10 August 2019). "Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 1: Tanguy Ndombele debut goal starts fightback as Harry Kane scores late brace". Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Tanguy Ndombele: Jose Mourinho slates Tottenham's record signing". BBC Sport. 7 March 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. ^ Jacob, Gary (29 April 2020). "Tanguy Ndombele likely to leave Tottenham this summer". The Times.
  14. ^ "Tanguy Ndombele facing Tottenham exit after telling Jose Mourinho he never wants to play for him again". Metro. 23 June 2020.
  15. ^ Davies, Matt (6 October 2020). "Tottenham star Tanguy Ndombele says Jose Mourinho relationship repairing after 'differences of opinion'". The Evening Standard.
  16. ^ "Tottenham vs. Lokomotiv Plovdiv". UEFA Europa League. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Manchester United 1–6 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport.
  18. ^ Crossan, D. (11 October 2018). "France recover to draw with Iceland" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Paul Pogba, Tanguy Ndombele test positive for Covid-19". Eurosport UK. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Coronavirus : Tanguy Ndombele testé positif et non convoqué en équipe de France - Foot - Coronavirus". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 17 September 2020.
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  22. ^ "Trophées UNFP 2019 : Le palmarès complet" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 19 May 2019. Archived from the original on 29 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  23. ^ "UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.

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