After Tottenham’s pre-season ended, as the Lilywhites prepared for the start of the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino dealt the fans with some worrying comments about their only senior addition at that time, Tanguy Ndombele.
The Frenchman signed from Lyon and despite being the only addition that would be playing for them this season at the time, Poch made it clear that the fans should not expect too much from his new midfielder and that it was ‘difficult’.
You can read some more of Pochettino’s comments on Goal.com, but now that he has two more new faces in the form of Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso, it makes a lot of what the Argentine said to the press null and void, as there is a lot less pressure on Ndombele now he isn’t the only new boy.
The Lilywhites, armed with Sessegnon and Lo Celso, will be prepped for a strong season in the Premier League and the fans will be desperate to maintain their Champions League stature and win a trophy to end their 11-year drought.
Aside from that, though, what the new signings also do is take the pressure off of Ndombele. The midfield man, as Spurs’ first senior signing in three windows, would have had the weight of the world on his shoulders, and bringing in some fellow new faces to share that burden is massive.
We’ve seen the Frenchman impress in pre-season, as he set up a goal for Lucas Moura with his first pass in a Tottenham shirt against Juventus, but now it’s about transferring that off-season form to the Premier League, and with less pressure should come improved performance.
Aston Villa at home, on paper, should be an easy enough start to life in the top-flight of English football for the Ndombele, and whilst the chances are neither Lo Celso or Sessegnon will feature after signing yesterday, the new signings will surely help Ndombele settle in and thrive.