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Club plan to send 26-year-old player with ‘excess weight’ back to Tottenham in January

Galatasaray plan to terminate Tottenham Hotspur star Tanguy Ndombele’s loan deal in January

Tanguy Ndombele will be sent back to Tottenham Hotspur by Galatasaray during the January transfer window, according to a report from Turkish outlet Superhaber.

It goes without saying that the Spurs have been trying to get rid of Ndombele in the past few seasons. His stints on loan at Olympique Lyonnais and Napoli are sufficient evidence. This summer, the same thing occurred.

He was sent to Gala on a season-long loan, but it doesn’t appear like he’s making progress there. Across seven games, the 26-year-old French midfielder has only played 123 minutes.

The Turkish outfit is understandably frustrated by this. The previously mentioned report continues to harshly criticize Ndombele; a Google Translate translation of the report into English includes the following sentence:

“According to Okan Buruk’s report, Tanguy Ndombele, who literally walks on the field and draws attention with his excess weight, will be dismissed from the team at halftime.”

What to do?

When Spurs paid a then-club record £55.5 million to sign Ndombele in 2019, they clearly made a mistake. The fact that he inked a six-year contract that doesn’t expire until the conclusion of the 2024–2025 season only makes it worse.

According to the previously mentioned report, Spurs supporters saw something similar while he was living in north London. He demonstrated his immense talent while at Lyon, which is why Spurs were willing to pay a hefty price for him.

However, he hasn’t been able to duplicate it in this instance. Unpredictable form, injuries, and—above all—not giving it his all on the field. Sometimes, instead of putting in a solid shift like other central midfielders, he just seems to stroll.

Managers and teammates will naturally become irritated by it. Although the criticism regarding his weight seems harsh, it is arguable that the Frenchman could improve his physical condition (who couldn’t?). Ideally, rather than losing him for nothing in 2025, we are able to remove him from our records permanently in 2024 and receive payment for him.

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