Former Tottenham goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, has urged Jose Mourinho not to give up on Tanguy Ndombele and to help the midfielder realise his true potential at Spurs.
Ndombele failed to make the expected impact in North London after arriving from Lyon for a club-record fee last summer, suffering from multiple injuries and a lack of fitness.
Mourinho publicly called out Ndombele after his poor first-half performance against Burnley (BBC) in the Premier League.
L’Equipe reported that last week’s controversial incident, in which Mourinho and Ndombele were spotted training outdoors together in defiance with government instructions, has done little to ease tensions between the pair.
L’Equipe also reported that Ndombele is now reconsidering his Spurs future and could even move to Barcelona if the Spanish giants are interested.
However, The Mirror claimed that the Portuguese coach’s intentions were positive as he is determined to turn around Ndombele’s fortunes at Spurs next season.
Robinson believes that the Frenchman has shown enough promise to suggest that he could be a top player for the club if Mourinho can get him fit and firing.
When asked about last week’s public training fiasco, the former England number one told Football Insider: “It is an interesting one. You can look at it two ways. He is either singling Ndombele out because he wants to look at him and get him sorted out.
“Or, the manager is keen to invest his time and energy into a player he sees a lot of potential in. I would like to think that is the case because Ndombele is a top-class player.
“When he first came into the team he made such a difference. However, his lack of fitness and inability to play two games in a week did not bode well. Jose would not like that but I am sure he can see the talent and the player in there.
“His future has been questioned because he has been in and out of the side so much.”
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Mourinho wouldn’t have chosen to train alone with Ndombele if he was planning on moving him on this summer. The fact that he wanted to spend time with the player was a clear indication that he is, in fact, focussed on getting the best out of the Frenchman next season.
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