Some Spurs fans have backed Jose Mourinho after he publically warned Tanguy Ndombele that he needs to improve his fitness and intensity if he wishes to be a success in the Premier League (Sky Sports).
Ndombele arrived from Lyon with a lot of expectations on his shoulders after the club smashed their transfer record last summer.
After making a decent start to the season, the midfielder has struggled to establish himself in the side partly due to injury troubles.
With the Frenchman seemingly unable to complete ninety minutes, his fitness has been called into question by some fans.
He was handed a rare start against Burnley on Saturday but was withdrawn at half-time after a poor first-half performance.
The Spurs boss made it clear in the post-match interview that the midfielder has to improve considerably to be a part of his plans (Sky Sports).
Here’s how some fans reacted to Mourinho’s statement:
Mourinho probably shouldn’t say that about Ndombele publicly but he definitely isn’t wrong
— Billie (@Billie_T) March 7, 2020
Is Tanguy Ndombele technically the best player in our squad? Yes.
Is it bad he’s been with us almost a year and still incredibly unfit? Yes.
Was Jose alright to call him out on it? Yes.
— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) March 7, 2020
Fully behind Mourinho on the Ndombele situation. It isn’t a boring old José not letting an enigmatic talent express himself situation, it’s a he can’t play the club record signing who had a full pre-season because Tanguy can’t last 45 minutes without needing a sit-down situation.
— Charlie Parrish (@charlieparrish) March 7, 2020
Tanguy Ndombele. Potential world class talent. Only problem is he’s a truck driver with ballerina feet. Hope he comes good next season.
— lp (@thfclp__) March 7, 2020
Completely with Jose on the Ndombele call out. Record signing but even at Amiens it was evident he had weight & fitness issues and that's why Guingamp released him at 17.
This "global fitness" programme didn't work. A serious solution and sit down is needed with them two.
— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) March 7, 2020
We can all debate on whether calling out a player publicly is right or wrong but the frustration for me is it’s so clear NDombele is an excellent footballer. The club are down to the bare bones and they need so much more than the odd cameo right now from the record signing. #THFC
— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) March 7, 2020
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What makes Ndombele’s situation extremely frustrating is that his talent is there for all to see. He has everything in his locker to be amongst the best midfielders in the world but he just seems to lack the attitude and desire to get himself fully fit. I can’t see him lasting too long under Jose if he doesn’t change his ways.
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