Thank you, Tanguy Ndombele
He's moved on, but not without leaving his mark. Tanguy Ndombele, who today completed his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, made his OL debut against PSG at the Parc des Princes on September 17, 2017. It was a familiar stage for the talented young midfielder, who the previous season made his Ligue 1 debut with a solid performance for recently promoted Amiens against the Rouge et Bleu. In fact, with the game scoreless in the second half, Ndombele came close to shocking the hosts with a thunderous effort that went off the bar, much to the relief of keeper Areola.
A 2017 summer signing for Lyon, Ndombele had some adjustments to make at a bigger club with higher demands. But he made it a smooth transition, proving himself with each performance to become a regular starter for Bruno Genesio. His contribution went way beyond stats, thanks to his line-breaking passes, masterful ball control in one-v-one situations and his impeccable vision to create spaces for teammates. After losing Corentin Tolisso to the transfer market, OL found the perfect replacement in Ndombele.
While outstanding, his first season at OL wasn't enough to earn him a place in France's World Cup-winning squad in Russia 2018. But it would only be a matter of time before Ndombele got a call-up from head coach Didier Deschamps. He made that perfectly clear with an incredible performance at Manchester City (a 2-1 win) in his Champions League debut in September 2018. Shortly after, he would replace the injured Tolisso in the Les Bleus' squad and has been a regular national team presence ever since. The highlights of his time at OL are now the stuff of legend: his frequent masterclasses against PSG in Ligue 1, his match against City, his UCL display against Barcelona, the return leg match against Hoffenheim, also in the Champions League... Today, he becomes the most important sale the club's history, but Tanguy Ndombele will forever be remembered for his exploits with the OL jersey.