Date published: Thursday 18th November 2021 10:38 – Lewis Oldham


Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle has hit out at Tottenham Hotspur duo Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso as they “don’t understand the game”.

Spurs paid around £55m to sign Ndombele in 2019. He has shown flashes of brilliance during his time at Tottenham but his performances have been inconsistent.

The midfielder was criticised by Jose Mourinho during his time at the club. He has played eleven times so far this term.


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Lo Celso signed for Spurs the same summer as Ndombele. He initially joined them on loan before his move was made permanent last year.

The Argentina international has played 79 times for Tottenham since 2019. As reported by the Evening Standard, Hoddle has criticised the two midfielders as they “have to improve”:

“There are players there that are so-called (creative players). Lo Celso and Ndombele, they have to improve,” Hoddle said.

“For me, I don’t see them as an overall player that’s going to be consistent or is going to create. That knows the game. They don’t understand the game in many ways, as I see it.

“Ndombele, particularly the way I see it. He has wonderful skills. But he is a player that is too much off-the-cuff. He does some wonderful things with the football, but we all used to do that in the playground, didn’t we?”

Earlier this week, Hoddle has urged Daniel Levy to back Conte in the transfer market:

“I think the appointment was as best as Daniel could have made at that time,” Hoddle said.

“Out of anyone out there, I don’t think you could have picked anyone better if Daniel’s attitude has slightly changed now. It must have changed from when he went for him in the summer.

“I think there’s a lot of positives here. He is somebody that knows what he wants from a team. He will demand that and he will demand money if it’s not working his way.

“I think they’re in a really strong position if Daniel knows the circumstances and Conte says, ‘Look, if it doesn’t work out with certain players, they’ve got to go. I’ll rebuild. And I’ve done it with other clubs and have been successful’.

“And I think Daniel’s got to buy into that now. If that’s the case, then yes, we’ve got the right jockey on the horse.”

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