Is Tanguy Ndombele The Successor To Nemanja Matic?6 min read
With the summer transfer window just around the corner, there is plenty to think about for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
The Norwegian is set to become the Red Devils’ full-time manager come the end of the season after impressing since Christmas, and has quite the job at hand to recruit players ready to take United back to the top of the football pyramid.
While he has done a sterling job so far in reinvigorating a squad that was sulking in the first half of the season, he also needs to bring his own players in that can add the quality that is needed.
Midfield cause for concern
When looking at Manchester City, Chelsea and even Liverpool’s extended squads, they have quality players ready to come in off the bench and do a job. At this present time, Man United are sorely lacking that impact.
Rumours are starting to fly around regarding Ander Herrera’s future – which would be a monumental mistake if the club were to let the captain-in-waiting leave this summer to Paris Saint-Germain – as well as the Red Devils also needing another defensive midfield player who can ease the efforts of Nemanja Matić.
The 30-year-old might still have some gas in the tank for the next few seasons, but he certainly needs another player who can come in and ease the responsibility from him. After playing 19 Premier League matches in a row, all being 90 minutes or there about, the Serbia international picked up a muscular injury that prevented him from playing in the Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain clashes.
With his wealth of experience in crucial games with the pressure firmly on, Manchester United want to savour Matić’s cool-headedness and expertise screening the defence when it truly matters. They can afford to rest him in the early stages of Cup competitions, but want him in the team as and when they feel he is a necessity.
And so it is no surprise that Man United will look to the market this summer in order to find their stand-in defensive midfielder who can take over the reins when the time comes.
Who is Tanguy Ndombele?
Olympique Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is one of the outstanding favourites after impressing for the past 18 months in France. The midfielder has enjoyed time in Ligue 1, rising through the ranks at SC Amiens and eventually being picked up by Lyon in 2017.
Perhaps not even Les Gones truly understood the gem they had unearthed, which would see some of Europe’s elite clubs lining up for his signature and showing glimpses of the riches they can expect to receive when they decide to cash in on him.
One of Ndombele’s great strengths is his ability to intercept the play, rebalance himself, look forward and get Lyon on the front foot by either dribbling it past his opposition or threading a pass in between the players in front of him. The Frenchman has a great knack of understanding where the space is and how to utilise his runners in the channels.
His rise has been meteoric over the past year-and-a-half, which is why most clubs in Europe’s top five leagues are after him. Lyon’s President, Jean-Michel Aulas, is a notoriously tricky negotiator and will drive a hard bargain when approaching him with offers for one of his diamonds.
For a defensive midfielder, Ndombele’s attacking prowess is clear for all to see with the naked eye. While he does a lot of good work on the fringes and transitioning from defence into attack, his seven assists this season show that he knows when and where to release the ball in order to maximise attacking opportunity.
Matić is more of an old-school player that does his job and does it well. He sticks within the remits of what a defensive midfielder does and very rarely moves away from that. Ndombele, on the other hand, is more of a flamboyant screener that can add a different dimension to United’s attack.
With the Serbian’s legs beginning to tire and the workload beginning to overwhelm him, it only makes sense for Manchester United to seriously consider going in for Ndombele and making him priority number one.
Tanguy Ndombele to sign before 2nd September 2019:
Any Italian Club
Any German Club
Any Spanish Club