Tottenham injury update: Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon return to training ahead of Crystal Palace clash

12 Sep

Ryan Sessegnon could make his long-awaited Tottenham debut this weekend.

Spurs will be looking to pick up their first Premier League win since the opening day of the season when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday, with the match LIVE on talkSPORT as part of our GameDay coverage.

Ryan Sessegnon joined Tottenham on transfer deadline day but has not yet played for the club
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Sessegnon, a £25million summer arrival from Fulham, has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury which has kept him out all season.

Club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who has missed Spurs’ last two games with a thigh problem, is also in line to feature against the Eagles having returned to fitness.

Meanwhile, Kyle Walker-Peters and Eric Dier are also being assessed for selection after returning to training from hamstring and hip issues respectively.

However, Giovani Lo Celso has been ruled out with a hip injury until next month.


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The Real Betis loanee was being eased into the team with three substitute appearances after a busy summer at the Copa America.

But the 23-year-old suffered a setback while on international duty with Argentina.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “Always it’s a sad situation, very disappointed.

“For Giovani, the first months here was to adapt to a new club and new football. Everything he was doing in a very good way. We are all so disappointed because now we need to wait for him.

Giovani Lo Celso has had an injury setback which is expected to keep him sidelined until the end of October
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“In the same way we need to be positive, it’s not another way to take it, but we need to be positive and try to provide him with good quality training and recovery.

“In the moment that he’s ready, to be strong and start to help the team again.

“Nothing that I can tell you will change his reality. We’re all disappointed, first the Argentine national team are very sad. We’re all really sad. We cannot change the situation.

“That is why it is so important for us, we need to try to anticipate the things, the right judgement.

“The decisions are so important to have a good relationship with all the national teams.

“It’s not to blame someone. In the end the most difficult part is for the player. That is why our responsibility is always to try to anticipate the problems.”

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Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur: Team news and predicted line-ups for north London derby as both clubs face selection crisis

30 Aug

Arsenal and Tottenham both have serious selection problems ahead of the first north London derby of the season on Sunday.

The bitter rivals will know the pressure surrounding this game has intensified after both sides suffered their first defeats of the Premier League season last time out.

The Gunners were ruthlessly picked apart by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening, while less than 24 hours later Newcastle stunned Spurs at home.

Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino will go heads-to-head on Sunday
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Given the significance of the fixture at any stage of the season, both Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware a second successive defeat already at this stage of the season could be fatal.

While neither side can lay claim to having serious title ambitions, neither will want the chasm between the Reds and reigning champions Manchester City to widen any further.

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The Gunners only have one fit left-back – Sead Kolasinac – following the departure of Nacho Monreal to Real Sociedad yesterday.

Monreal had started all three of the Gunners’ opening Premier League fixtures, with Kolasinac being eased back into action after he was the victim of an attempted carjacking.

Emery is quite literally spoilt for choice in attack, but his tactical tinkering did not come off at Anfield.

The Spaniard dropped Alexandre Lacazette to the bench on Merseyside, but Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos looked shaky under the intense pressing of Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Pepe and Ceballos should both still keep their places however, with Emery likely to try and attack a nervy Spurs side.

Alexandre Lacazette is likely to start on Sunday at the Emirates
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Pochettino has a selection headache ahead of Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham missing FOUR players for the match.

Defenders Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth have both been confirmed to miss the Emirates Stadium clash, meaning Serge Aurier could play competitive club football for the first time since February.

Record signing Tanguy Ndombele is also out of the clash, meaning Pochettino is light at the back.

This issue could be solved if Eric Dier is passed fit for Sunday’s match, as he can provide cover in defence. The England international is currently being assessed due to a hip problem and is considered a doubt, as is Dele Alli.

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Tottenham vs Newcastle: Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele ruled out, Dele Alli faces late fitness test, Heung-min Son back

23 Aug

Tottenham’s club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle.

The France international scored on his Spurs debut in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season after joining for £55million from Lyon in the summer.

Tanguy Ndombele (right) has been a hit so far for Tottenham
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But Ndombele sustained a ‘minor injury’ in training this week and will play no part against Newcastle.

The game comes too soon for another summer signing, Ryan Sessegnon, who is still nursing a hamstring injury.

Dele Alli has returned to first-team training after recovering from a hamstring problem, but faces a late fitness test.

And in a boost for Spurs, Heung-min Son is available for selection for the first time this season after completing a three-match ban.

Heung-min Son and Dele Alli could both play for Tottenham this weekend

Giovani Lo Celso, a loan capture from Real Betis, made his Tottenham debut as a late substitute in their 2-2 draw with Manchester City last weekend.

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is willing to be patient with the Argentina midfielder’s fitness.


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He said: “I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy.

“He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much.

“Then signed for us after a week without training. He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time.

“He was involved [against Man City] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won’t expect too much from him.

“We need to not put the responsibility on him, only to improve and adapt himself with us and see. It’s a natural process to learn and improve.

“In the moment he will be fit and deserves to play then sure he will have the chance like other players.”

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Once deemed too fat and with a bad attitude,Tanguy Ndombele is now bossing it in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur

18 Aug

Tanguy Ndombele has proved to be one of the signings of the summer already in his short Tottenham Hotspur career.

The France international moved from Lyon to north London in a club-record deal which could rise to £63million.

Ndombele was once told he was too fat to make it as a professional
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Ndombele made an instant impact in his official debut last weekend, scoring a 20-yard equaliser against Aston Villa.

And the 22-year-old carried on his good run of form by absolutely bossing the midfield against the imperious Manchester City.

Spurs managed to grab a 2-2 draw at the Etihad after VAR cancelled out Gabriel Jesus’ injury time strike.

As you can see from his stats below, Ndombele controlled the middle of the park – no mean feat considering the strength of Pep Guardiola’s side.


  • 100% duel success
  • 100% dribble success
  • 100% tackle success
  • 87% pass success
  • 66 touches
  • 39 passes completed
  • 10 duels won
  • 5 tackles won
  • 4 dribbles completed
  • 1 assist

But it could have all been so different had he not shown incredible perseverance and heart at the age of 17 after being told he was ‘too fat’ to make it.

Whilst playing for the Guingamp reserves, the midfielder was also accused of having a bad attitude and being unable to drag himself out of bed in the mornings.

He did not receive a professional contract and was subsequently released in 2014.

Guingamp reserve boss Lionel Rouxel told L’Equipe: “He was a nice kid, and funny but he didn’t seem to care much in school.

“It wasn’t a case of his potential being questioned — he had a good mentality and was respectful — but he seemed to be lacking the awareness to reach a high level.

“He had a hard time waking up in the mornings, he was overweight and didn’t always present himself seriously.

“We were kind to him but we were tough and in the end we felt we had given him a chance.”

Declan Rice can’t wait for Tottenham vs West Ham and is relishing facing £55m signing Tanguy Ndombele

8 Aug

West Ham ace Declan Rice is relishing facing Tottenham this season and is particularly looking forward to playing against Tanguy Ndombele.

Ndombele joined Spurs from Lyon in a £55million transfer earlier in the summer and has impressed fans with his pre-season displays.

Tanguy Ndombele in action for Tottenham against Juventus
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“I’m really looking forward to playing against Ndombele,” Rice told talkSPORT. “I watched him in the Champions League last season and he looked like a top, top player.

“The French boys here were raving about him, saying what a good player he was, so I’m looking forward to playing against Spurs and looking forward to playing against him.”

The 20-year-old, though, couldn’t resist reminding everyone that West Ham were the only side to win at the new White Hart Lane last season, but he did back the Hammers’ rivals to fight Liverpool and Man City at the top of the Premier League.


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“Everything they’re doing now and the player’s they’ve got, they’ve definitely got the squad now to be challenging up there for titles, and I wouldn’t put it past them.”

Although impressed by the business of Tottenham, as well as Arsenal, Rice is still backing West Ham to have a strong campaign as a result of their transfer business, which included the signing of Albian Ajeti on deadline day.

We’ve really strengthened the squad as well,” the England international continued. “We’ve brought in some great players and have spent a lot of money and I think we’re one to look for this season, for sure.”

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10 debutants we can’t wait to see in the Premier League this weekend

7 Aug

The buzz of a new signing is just one of the reasons fans can’t wait for the return of the Premier League.

First impressions count for a lot and clubs will be hoping their summer purchase can live up to expectations and justify the hype.

Moise Kean has joined Everton
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There will be several stars hoping to make a maiden appearance in the top flight this weekend. takes a look, in no particular order, at 10 debutants we are excited to see in action.


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Wesley Moraes – Aston Villa (vs Tottenham) – live on talkSPORT

Dean Smith was keen to replace Tammy Abraham, who was instrumental in Villa returning to the Premier League, following his recall back to Chelsea.

At £22million, the ex-Club Brugge striker has looked very good so far in pre-season and has the presence up top that will trouble a number of defences.

Can he get the better of a backline which leaked goals at the end of last season?

Wesley Moraes in action during pre-season
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Daniel James – Manchester United (vs Chelsea)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the Welshman his first summer signing and judging by his summer displays, it has been easy to understand why.

The 21-year-old arrived from Swansea and has seamlessly fitted into his new side, starring as one of their best players in pre-season.

What stands out first and foremost is his searing pace and confidence on the ball and fans will hope to witness both on a regular basis.

He gave Spurs a runaround in Shanghai and might put Cesar Azpilicueta through his paces on Sunday.

James has fitted in well since moving to United
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Tanguy Ndombele – Tottenham Hotspur (vs Aston Villa) – live on talkSPORT

Signed from Lyon for a club record £55m this summer, much will be expected early on from the Frenchman.

While there is no doubting his potential, he will understandably need time to get to grips with the intense demands of Mauricio Pochettino’s way of football.

There were hints of his class against Inter Milan on Sunday and fans will need to be patient to see this over the course of a year.

Can he dominate against the visiting Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

Ndombele has quality but will need time to settle
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Sebastian Haller – West Ham (vs Manchester City) – live on talkSPORT

This could prove to be an inspired piece of business by the Hammers.

With Marko Arnautovic no longer at the club, West Ham sought to replace him and did so with French forward Haller.

He was outstanding for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, scoring 15 times and creating nine more, netting five times en route to the Europa League semi-final.

Strong, quick, skilful and intelligent, Haller has more to his game than the departed Austrian and could become a real hit at London Stadium.

Haller could be a big hit at West Ham
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Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle (vs Arsenal)

The Frenchman has arrived at St James’ Park to much fanfare and certainly looked the part in his second-half appearance in the win over Saint-Etienne.

His pace, tricks and flair got supporters off their seat and he could be the player to take away much of the doom and gloom surrounding the club.

While not much should be read into a half hour cameo, Saint-Maximin certainly has enough about him to star on Tyneside.

Saint-Maximin impressed in his brief appearance
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Christian Pulisic – Chelsea (vs Manchester United)

The American is likely to be tasked with being Frank Lampard’s flair player to fill the void of Eden Hazard and the early signs are very encouraging.

Cutting short his holidays, the former Borussia Dortmund has looked pacy and direct and appears to have struck up a solid understanding with Ross Barkley.

Pulisic has looked sharp this summer
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Patrick Cutrone – Wolves (vs Leicester City)

Wolves cannot afford to be complacent this year following their impressive 2018/19 campaign and the addition of Cutrone is a massive step forward.

The Italian striker is talented and has a high for goal and in 2017/18 Cutrone scored 18 goals in his breakthrough year for Milan.

While his record was halved the next season, he does have a clinical touch that could push Nuno Espirito Santo’s into the top six.

Rodri – Manchester City (vs West Ham United) – live on talkSPORT

The former Atletico Madrid man cost a record £62m and is seen as the ideal replacement for the ageing Fernandinho.

He showed his class in the Premier League Asia Trophy and was hailed by Pep Guardiola for an ‘incredible game’ after a commanding display in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

Rodri commanded the City midfield in the win over Liverpool
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Nicolas Pepe- Arsenal (vs Newcastle United)

The 24-year-old took Ligue 1 by storm last season, netting 22 times and providing 11 assists for Lille and this form prompted the Gunners to bring him to north London.

He penned a five-year deal with them and will definitely add to an already productive attack.

His late addition, on top of Africa Cup of Nations action in the summer, might mean a role off the bench is perhaps all he might muster.

Nicolas Pepe signed for Arsenal

Moise Kean – Everton (vs Crystal Palace)

It was unexpected, but Everton surprised practically everyone with the signing of Kean from Juventus on a five-year deal.

The Italian international, still only 19, is one of the most exciting youngsters in the world and scored six goals in just five starts last season and two in three for his country.

At £29m the Toffees have a player of extreme quality and will hope he can hit the ground running.

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Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: How Spurs could look with Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, and Tanguy Ndombele

24 Jul

Tottenham Hotspur new boy Tanguy Ndombele took just two minutes to make his mark in pre-season.

The France international, a £55million signing from Lyon, got the assist for Lucas Moura’s goal against Juventus in their 3-2 friendly victory.

Tanguy Ndombele in action for Tottenham against Juventus
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A delicious sliderule pass after an acrobatic interception had supporters off their seats and a fine display from the bench impressed them.

He and Jack Clarke, already back on loan at Leeds, might not be Tottenham’s only transfer business this summer either.

This week could see Spurs conclude deals for Fulham flyer Ryan Sessegnon, with a deal worth around £25m being mooted.

The Telegraph believe the move could go through as the Cottagers left-sided ace only has one year left on his current contract, while they are also interested in signing Josh Onomah and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Spurs.

And, to increase their summer haul to five, they could also add Argentine superstar Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis.

The Spanish side have just signed Nabil Fekir, who missed out on a move to Liverpool last summer, and many consider him to be the replacement for Lo Celso.

It was believed they would have to spend £60m to snag the midfielder but now Betis have signed Fekir for just £22m they could now slash their asking price to around £45m, according to The Sun.

But how will Tottenham look if they sign Sessegnon and Lo Celso? have taken a look – and we’ve also taken into account Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld staying with the club, as is currently being reported.


Should Spurs land the duo, it’s easy to see where Sessegnon would slot in at left-back but Lo Celso, along with Ndombele, could fit into a number of different roles.

Lo Celso, more often than not occupied the right side of central midfield for Betis, and could combine well with Christian Eriksen across in attacking areas to the right.

Having a left-footer in Lo Celso and a right-footer in Eriksen in a similar area of the pitch would give them the option to be versatile in attack, either going down the wing or cutting inside with combination passing.

Ndombele is likely to play on the left of the central three, with Dele Alli just wider ahead of him, attempting to win the ball and drive forward with it before handing it off to teammates.


A formation used more often than a 433 by Pochettino, this was once his go-to.

The fabled ‘DESK’ front four of Dele, Eriksen, Son, and Kane didn’t get too many outings last season due to injuries and while it’s effective it can look a little lopsided at times with that combination of players.

Bringing in Lo Celso on the right, in place of Alli, and pushing Son to the left is one way to balance the frontline.

It would see Winks and Ndombele control the midfield in deeper positions allowing Sessegnon and Aurier to drive forward offering width on the flanks and the attacking trio move into narrower positions


Pochettino had a real predilection for this formation last season with Son and Lucas Moura the men who often partnered Kane up top.

The midfield four kept opposition players on their toes and stifled teams like Chelsea who operated through a playmaking no.6.

It didn’t always work though, so the addition of Ndombele an Lo Celso, players who can progress the ball better, will give the Argentine another reason to have another crack of the whip.

It does, though, leave no room for a player like Alli, unless he is considered as a possible forward to partner Kane, with the freedom to drop deeper or wide to overload the opposition.


Spurs have a wealth of talent at centre-back, especially if Alderweireld stays.

Adding Davinson Sanchez to the backline will give Sessesgnon and Aurier more freedom for marauding runs down the flank.

Ndombele’s defensive ability, coupled with his fine passing, should allow him to operate as a no.6, ensuring Eriksen and Lo Celso can play as no.8s behind Kane and Son.

Pochettino could also drop Son and bring in Alli if he wishes to have more bodies in midfield.

Tanguy Ndombele: Tottenham beat Manchester United to signing because club wanted more time to sort Paul Pogba transfer

4 Jul

Manchester United blew the chance to sign Tanguy Ndombele because they wanted more time to try and resolve the future of Paul Pogba.

Failure to act quicker, meant Tottenham captured the midfielder from Lyon for a club record £55m fee.

Ndombele signed for Spurs for £55m
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The 22-year-old Frenchman penned a six-year deal and became Spurs’ second signing, following the £10m arrival of winger Jack Clarke, who was immediately loaned back to Leeds for the upcoming season.

However, Ndombele could very well have ended up elsewhere as he was reportedly still undecided about whether he wanted to sign for Spurs when he arrived in London with his representatives, according to L’Equipe.

But with United stuttering and trying to fend off both Juventus and Real Madrid’s advances for Pogba, Spurs closed the deal.

Paul Pogba is keen to leave Man United

Pogba, who has publicly admitted ‘it could be time for a new challenge’, is thought to be desperate to link up with Eden Hazard and Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

But The Sun claim executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will block any attempts from Real Madrid to sign the France star this summer.

Tottenham transfer news: Tanguy Ndombele and four ways Spurs’ midfield could look next season

3 Jul

It was a long time coming, but Tottenham have signed someone for the first time since Lucas Moura joined the club in January 2018.

Jack Clarke was brought in from Leeds, although it was confirmed he will play for the Championship club on loan next season.

They also completed the signing of France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, paying Lyon £55million for his services which is a club record fee for Spurs.

Ndombele is officially a Spurs player
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Ndombele, 22, will bolster Spurs’ options in the middle of the park for next season. looks at four possible midfield systems Mauricio Pochettino could play with their latest signing.

Option 1: With Eriksen

If the 2019/20 season was to start tomorrow, this is the likely line-up for Tottenham.

Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Harry Winks all started the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool and now Ndombele is on board he would probably slot in a more defensive role, which is where he played at Lyon, alongside Winks.

Spurs’ likely line-up if the season started tomorrow

Option 2: Without Eriksen

However, Eriksen only has one year left on his contract and his future at Spurs looks very uncertain amid his links to Real Madrid and Daniel Levy has reportedly contacted Los Blancos regarding the sale of the Dane.

So if Eriksen does end up leaving, Spurs will have to change things up and one option Pochettino could pursue is a 4-3-3 formation with Ndombele in the more defensive role.

Winks, who has been compared to Andres Iniesta by Pochettino in the past, could play on the left of the midfield three, while the in-form Moussa Sissoko could go on the right.

Alli, who did not enjoy a particularly good 2018/19 campaign would have to step aside in this system.

Could Pochettino place Ndombele in the defensive midfield role?

Option 3: With Dier

But let’s not forget Spurs also have Eric Dier available, too.

It’s likely Spurs would still play a 4-2-3-1 formation with Dier and Ndombele in the defensive slots.

Dier did not start the Champions League final which suggests he’s falling slightly out of favour so will have to fight for his place in the first team especially after the Ndombele signing.

Pochettino does still have Eric Dier to call on in midfield

Option 4: The future?

But the signing of 22-year-old Ndombele could give Spurs supporters a peak into how their future side will look and perhaps this could mark a midfield partnership with Winks, 23.

Alli, also 23, would then play in the more advanced role especially if Eriksen leaves and this could then accommodate Lucas Moura, who was in brilliant form last season and Son either side of striker Harry Kane.

How Spurs could look next season and in future campaigns

Tottenham sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon in club record £55million transfer

2 Jul

Tottenham have announced the signing of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a club record £55m fee.

The 22-year-old France midfielder has penned a six-year deal and becomes Spurs’ second signing of the day following the £10m arrival of winger Jack Clarke, who was immediately loaned back to Leeds for the upcoming season.

The £55m deal for Ndombele, which includes a further £10m in add-ons, shatters the club’s previous transfer record of £42m, paid to Ajax for Davinson Sanchez in 2017.

After becoming the first team in Premier League history to go two consecutive transfer windows without signing a single player, Tottenham have now spent more than £65m in one day.

Ndombele emerged as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s no.1 transfer target this summer following a fine season in Ligue 1.


Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has previously compared Ndombele to former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, while he has also drawn comparisons to his compatriot N’Golo Kante.

Last season, Ndombele impressed against Manchester City in the Champions League, escaping the City press with ease on countless occasions and demonstrating his forward-minded approach.

His combination of power and technical ability make him an old-fashioned box-to-box midfielder, who can be effective in attack or defence.

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Ndombele was called up for his country last October and made his debut as a substitute against Iceland.

His first start came towards the end of 2018, against Uruguay, and he has since earned four caps for Les Bleus.

France head coach Didier Deschamps has previously said: “He knows how to do everything in the middle, he is powerful, technical.”