Tanguy Ndombele established himself in France’s Ligue 2 with Amiens after being released by Guingamp. He led Amiens to promotion before joining Lyon, initially on loan, in August 2017. He duly excelled, and was signed on a permanent basis for an eventual fee of €10m the following summer.
His fine performances increasingly made an impression on Tottenham, who after 18 months without signing a senior player paid a club-record initial fee of €62m to secure his arrival as the long-term replacement for Mousa Dembélé. The 22-year-old brings experience of Champions League football and has been capped six times by France, who gave him his international debut off the bench in a friendly against Iceland in October 2018. More recently he scored on his Premier League debut, when Spurs recovered from a goal down to defeat Aston Villa 3-1.