The main talking point since Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over West Ham United on Tuesday, has been the future of Tanguy Ndombele with the midfielder failing to take to the field in both of the North London club’s first two games since the restart.
The Athletic claim that while Mourinho wants to help bring the best out of Ndombele, he does not feel he is getting enough of a reaction from the midfielder during training sessions at Hotspur Way.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, who was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch Spurs’ win against the Hammers has revealed why the 23-year-old’s antics might not have helped his cause.
Gold claims that Ndombele was the only one of the Spurs substitutes who did not warm up during the match, although it is unclear if it was because he refused to or told not to.
He also revealed that the midfielder was extremely laid back during the warm-up routine before the match, nor did he break a sweat during the warm-down routines with the fitness coaches following the victory.
In comparison, Gold says that the likes of Gedson Fernandes and Toby Alderweireld were working extremely hard, despite also not featuring in the game.
Finally, the journalist also reveals that it is those around Ndombele that are responsible for leaking stories to the press as soon as the Frenchman finds himself out of favour.
It is suggested that this is likely to infuriate Mourinho even further and do little to ease the tension between the pair.
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Multiple sources seem to corroborate the fact that there has been another disagreement between Jose and Tanguy, although there are question marks over whether it was a major falling out or a minor disagreement. The fact that Ndombele made the bench ahead of Skipp suggests that it was not a major falling out.
Had the Frenchman refused to warm up or told Jose he doesn’t want to play for him, I doubt we would have seen him named among the substitutes. We would have also likely heard about it from the Spurs boss after the game.
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