Former Spurs striker Louis Saha has urged his compatriot Tanguy Ndombele to prove his critics wrong by doing his talking on the pitch.
Despite Tottenham ending up 2-0 winners over West Ham on Tuesday, speculation about Ndombele’s future has dominated the headlines after the game.
Telefoot’s Julien Maynard reported on Tuesday that the 23-year-old has refused to play for Mourinho again.
However, the Spurs boss has denied that he has had a falling out with the midfielder (Football.London).
L’Equipe have claimed that the North Londoners are looking to move the Frenchman on just one season after they shattered their transfer record to sign him from Lyon, with both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain both rumoured to be interested in his services.
However, Saha believes that the midfielder could still come good at Tottenham.
He urged Ndombele to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Raheem Sterling and shut his critics up by showing what he could do on the pitch.
When asked if the former Lyon man can turn around his fortunes at Spurs, Saha told Compare.bet: “Yes. As a professional footballer, you have to adapt.
“Whatever you hear the critics saying, at the end of the day it’s the football field where you have to prove people wrong.
“He’s a competitor and terrific player, and so his quality will shine and he’ll want to show that.
“You have to bring that to the training ground and show people how wrong they are. Players like Sterling have done this in the past, and have come back and proved people wrong.
“Dele Alli has been criticised big time. It’s been difficult for some to grasp which position he should play, and so people talk and put pressure on and it doesn’t help.
“When I was at United, I felt the manager was able to take pressure off the players and gave us confidence and validation needed to produce.
“Mourinho may have a different way of thinking and dealing with things. But when you show off your qualities and what you can do, people quickly forget about your weaknesses.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Ndombele does not strike me as the kind of player who is driven to prove critics wrong. He comes across as a laid back character who needs an arm around his shoulder to be able to perform at his best.
It is clear that all is not well between him and Jose Mourinho. If he does not feature much in the seven games we have left this season, I expect us to cut our loses on him this summer.
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