Ex-Spurs player Jermaine Jenas has claimed Tanguy Ndombele has under-performed in his debut season at the club. The player only has himself to blame.
Ndombele arrived at Spurs with lot of promise from Ligue 1 side Lyon. Given that the club broke their transfer record to sign the Frenchman for 60m euros, a lot was to be expected from the midfielder.
So far, the 23-year-old has failed to live up to the reputation and hype behind his arrival.
In and out of the team under Mauricio Pochettino, it got worse for Ndombele since the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager is never one to hold back his words and has criticized the Frenchman in public a number of times.
Mourinho insists he has no problems with Ndombele and the Frenchman would only get ample playing time if he can justify he’s worth it.
Ex-Tottenham star Jermaine Jenas reflects on a difficult season for the midfielder and sees no problems with his treatment under Mourinho.
“Mourinho gets a lot of stick for a lot of things but I refuse to have a go at Jose when it comes to Tanguy Ndombele,” said Jenas in an exclusive interview with football.london.
“I was one of the people saying go and get the star. I watched him against Man City playing for Lyon and he was unbelievable in midfield. He ran them ragged, he was powerful, he went by people and created things.”
“He has every attribute in the book but there seems to be a discipline issue with him in regards to whether he’s working hard enough in training.
“Either way I stand by Jose on this and he’s obviously seen something in Tanguy Ndombele that he’s not happy with. He’s either not training hard enough or in games he’s doing things half-hearted.
“Coming on for 10 minutes here and there, doing 15 stepovers and looking very nice on the eye, I’m personally bored of it now and I don’t know what Tottenham fans think. They might feel the same.”
It remains to be seen whether Ndombele would gain the full trust of Jose Mourinho.