Jermaine Jenas has suggested there could be a discipline issue with Tottenham’s record signing, Tanguy Ndombele.
The 23-year-old had only featured for 64 minutes since the resumption of the Premier League season in June and missed the last three matches of the campaign due to a knee injury (transfermarkt).
Jenas has been left far from impressed with Ndombele coming on in the latter stage of a game and showing glimpses of his ability and suggested that his application in training is an issue.
“He has every attribute in the book but there seems to be a discipline issue with him in regards to whether he’s working hard enough in training,” Jenas told Football.London.
“Either way I stand by Jose on this and he’s obviously seen something in Tanguy Ndombele that he’s not happy with. He’s either not training hard enough or in games he’s doing things half-hearted.
“Coming on for 10 minutes here and there, doing 15 stepovers and looking very nice on the eye, I’m personally bored of it now and I don’t know what Tottenham fans think. They might feel the same.”
Spurs signed Ndombele from French side Lyon for a club-record fee of £55m last summer but the Frenchman has struggled to make a positive impression on Mourinho (talkSPORT).
Jenas also slammed Spurs right-back, Serge Aurier who he believes is not fit to play at the level which Tottenham are aiming to achieve.
“Serge Aurier has made too many mistakes, it’s as simple as that. He makes too many mistakes, defensively he’s a liability and going forward he’s hit and miss,” Jenas added.
“They need more security in the wider areas, something a little bit stronger and on the front foot to cause problems. At the minute they don’t have that in those areas and that is where I’d start.”
Aurier has played a prominent role in the Spurs starting eleven under Mourinho, however, has still showed his defensive frailties.
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I agree with Jenas with what he has said about Aurier, however, I am still reserving my judgement on Ndombele. The Frenchman has the potential to be a superstar, we have not really had the chance to see whether he has improved his fitness as he has only featured twice since the Premier League restart.
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