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Jermain Defoe believes there is still hope for Tanguy Ndombele under Antonio Conte after reports emerged that the midfielder is training away from the first team. Ndombele was booed by his own fans during the home win against Morecambe in the FA Cup. Defoe also believes that the Spurs’ second half of the season will be dependent on whether Conte can get the players he wants.

“Sometimes I think that in a situation like that it’s not always negative,” Jermain Defoe said about Tanguy Ndombele. “I think being away from the group, as a player you’ve got to take it as a positive because it gives you an opportunity. When you train with the group, sometimes players can train at 60 percent because you’re training with the group and you’re getting coached, and you can stand and you can talk.”

“When you’re training one-on-one with a fitness coach, you’re training at 100 percent because there’s short recovery,” he added. “So if he can approach it in that way, where he thinks ‘I need to get up to speed’, because it’s such a fantastic football club, a top manager, of course, you want to get in the team and do well. He came for big money, he’s getting good wages and at times I’ve seen him and I’ve thought, ‘I like this player’. His passing, he breaks lines, intelligent play – you see him in games and you can see the potential.”

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