One thing is for sure, Sunderland’s record signing will have to chill his boots a little if he wishes to help his new employers steer clear of the perennial flirt with relegation.
As the old football saying goes; he’ll be no use off the pitch (or something along those lines).
A tad overzealous might be one way to describe the 22-year-old Gabon international whose £13.6m Deadline Day capture makes the midfield enforcer from Lorient the Black Cats new record signing.
Ndong’s aggression can certainly be an attribute in the Premier League hurly burly though. It just has to be legally applied to avoid another trail of yellows to add to the 11 he collected last season in France.
These run-ins with the referee surfaced again at the outset of the current campaign with Lorient, when the midfielder earned himself a red card against Bastia in just his second appearance of 2016/17 before making the switch.
At least manager David Moyes and the Stadium of Light faithful look like they’ll be getting a fully-committed player.
You only have to listen to Ndong’s effusive comments upon signing to recognise this.
Ndong said: “I am very proud and happy to sign for Sunderland. This is a new adventure for me and to play in the Premier League is a dream come true.
“Maybe the Sunderland fans don’t know me yet, but I promise that they will quickly discover that I will give everything for them and the club. It will be an honour to wear the Sunderland shirt and I will wear it with a true understanding of what it means.”
Having decided not to re-sign Yann M’Villa, the new boy will be expected to be the main ball winner in the midfield and he certainly comes with the seal of approval in that stakes from his previous club.
The Gabonese averaged nearly three tackles per game in the France’s top tier last season and backed that up with over two interceptions per outing too.
No slouch in possession either, he was successful with very nearly 90 per cent of his passes.
Far less renowned for his offensive play, Ndong still managed to chip in with a couple of league goals last season and his injury record is near flawless.
There looks like being plenty of raw materials to impress his new Wearside audience, though his haircut leaves a little to be desired.