He’s struggling – Club’s sporting director admits star on loan from Tottenham Hotspur

Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has indicated that Tottenham Hotspur loan star Tanguy Ndombele will need more time to get into the physical condition needed to play regularly.

The Serie A giants signed the French midfielder on loan from Tottenham towards the end of the summer transfer window.

Only one of his three appearances so far has come in the starting XI and even then he was taken off at half-time against Lecce last weekend.

Giuntoli admitted that Ndombele is lacking in fitness at the moment and despite his wonderful qualities, he has missed football too much already.

He insisted that Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti would gradually put him at ease and get into the physical condition needed to play regularly for the club in the current campaign.

“He is a bit out of competition”said Giuntoli on Italian radio Radio Kiss Kiss.

“He has great qualities but you also notice he struggles because he misses games.

“The coach has to be good at getting him back into condition slowly.

“We had already dealt with him a few years ago, the good relationship with Tottenham helped us.”

Fitness has been a major issue for Ndombele since joining Spurs and successive Tottenham managers appeared unimpressed with his conditioning.

It remains to be seen whether he will be able to reverse the course of his career in Italy at Napoli this season.

Dorothy H. Lewis