Darren Bent claims Spurs star must respect frustrating new role under Mourinho

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Tottenham Hotspur definitely look like an improved side under Jose Mourinho, with the Special One introducing a new formation and a new way of playing.

While some expected Mourinho’s appointment to mark the beginning of defensive football in North London, Spurs have won three, scored ten, and conceded six since he took charge.

Mourinho has moved to a front four, with his preferred line-up seemingly being Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son, and Dele Alli.

He has also pushed Serge Aurier forward as a wing-back, with the left-back tucking into a back three and two defensive midfielders covering the space.

Unfortunately, what this means for Tanguy Ndombele is that his role at the club has changed slightly compared to how he was playing under Pochettino.

Instead of playing in a midfield three and being given licence to roam, he featured in a defensive two alongside Eric Dier yesterday against Bournemouth.

Darren Bent claims that the Frenchman will have to respect the changes, even if they are frustrating, as Mourinho often brings trophies.

Bent said (Football Insider): “Well listen Mourinho is a big manager and has won trophies at big clubs, so you’ve got to respect and buy into how he wants you to play.

“Yeah it is frustrating when you’ve got someone of that quality being restricted, but you saw yesterday Spurs defensively are still not at level Mourinho would want.

“I know they won, but they’re still shipping goals, 3-2, they are conceding goals and Mourinho is a defensive-minded coach and he’ll want to shore up the back-four first.

“Getting 1-0s, he’ll be happy, but with Spurs shipping two goals here, two goals there, he’s not going to be happy with that.

“So that’s why he’s asking players to play restricted roles, but if they’re winning games and moving up the league, then no one can really grumble.”

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