Sixty-four minutes into Tottenham’s opening game of the season at home to Aston Villa – and Spurs are struggling to break down a well-organised Villa side, who have the lead thanks to John McGinn’s first Premier League goal.
After his initial corner was cleared the ball was played back to the 27-year-old – and he whipped in a superb ball, that was begging to be finished off, Davinson Sanchez connected, but Tom Heaton made a fantastic save to deny him.
The ball then came back to Ndombele – and he lashed in the equaliser, there was only going to be one winner from that point.
Eriksen also nearly scored a sublime free-kick – but Heaton denied him.
Eventually, Spurs got the goals they needed thanks to Harry Kane – and Pochettino’s campaign is off to a winning start, but he has to thank his Danish playmaker for providing that spark they were crying out for.
His craft and guile unlocked the door – and swung the momentum in Spurs’ favour, he may want a new challenge, but if they can keep him, then he will be a vital player for Pochettino’s side once again.