Tanguy Ndombele played the full 90 minutes for Tottenham Hotspur only twice this term, against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup and Newcastle United in the league last October.

Both these matches took place before Antonio Conte was appointed as the north London club’s manager.

The midfielder made a handful of appearances under the former Chelsea boss, and after being left out of the Italian’s plans at Tottenham, he decided to look for a solution in January.

On deadline day of the winter market, the Frenchman joined Lyon on a loan deal. He has made two appearances for them and his first start came in the Ligue 1 side’s 2-0 win over OGC Nice at the weekend.

Ndombele was one of the stars for Peter Bosz’s side as he assisted Karl Toko Ekambi early in the second half. L’Equipe were in full praise of the Tottenham owned player, Maxence Caqueret and Lucas Paquetá, for fine displays in their side’s latest tie.

The 25-year-old spoke to the media after the clash and the report claims he was ‘sober in his analysis’, but the ‘reality is his presence on the pitch changes everything’ for Lyon. He even received praise from Nice manager, Christophe Galtier, who rued his luck at having to afec such a strong midfield.

“Ndombele is a very high level player, he put a lot of pressure on, with a lot of technical quality. But there is Ndombele, there is Paqueta, pff…” Galtier was quoted as saying by L’Equipe.