Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Andros Townsend believes that Jose Mourinho needs to sell Tanguy Ndombele rather than risk getting the sack further down the line.
Townsend, who came through then Spurs academy and went on to make 93 appearances in all competitions for the North Londoners (transfermarkt) suggested that Mourinho’s current situation with the Frenchman could prove risky if the club record signing attempts to turn chairman Daniel Levy against him.
The Daily Mail claimed that the midfielder, who is currently quarantining in France after testing positive for coronavirus has failed to convince Mourinho over his ability to adapt to the Premier League and his hunger to learn.
While the Portuguese will not freeze out the 23-year-old, he remains open for sale until the transfer window closes next month.
Mourinho has previously criticised Ndombele to the media after his lethargic first-half performance during the 1-1 draw at Burnley in March saw him being replaced after just 45 minutes.
Townsend told the talkSPORT breakfast radio show (02/09/20 at 7:30 am): “I remember when Ndombele first joined Spurs and all the players were raving about him and about how good he is,”
“But managers prefer different systems and different players. For one reason, or another, Jose Mourinho’s just not interested in that type of player.
“I have seen it before where the manager has publicly come out and criticised the player. If you keep that player in your squad after criticising him and it keeps festering. He maybe speaks to his agent saying ‘I need to leave’. He speaks to the chairman saying ‘You spent all this money on me, I need to be playing’.
“It can end up on the player turning the chairman against the manager and maybe, in the end, getting the manager the sack. For Jose Mourinho, if he doesn’t fancy the player he has got to sell him for his own good.”
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