Mourinho explains the help Spurs player has been given to return to his best

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has indicated that Tanguy Ndombele’s future with the club is in his own hands.

The French international has failed to create the kind of impact that most Spurs fans were hoping for since his arrival from Lyon for a club-record transfer fee in the summer.

While he made a bright start to life in North London, injury problems have prevented him from getting a consistent run in the side.

He has been unable to keep himself fit for a run of games in a row since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club back in November when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho has been quite critical of the 23-year-old over the last month or so, hinting on a couple of occasions that perhaps that the former Lyon man needed to do more to get himself back fit (Football.London).

The 56-year-old has now revealed that the club is doing everything they can to bring Ndombele up to shape but insisted that it was up to the Frenchman how he responds.

Speaking to Football.London, the Spurs boss said: “It’s about working and working not just with me, everybody in the club is working with him [Ndombele].

“We have a process of trying to develop him. Not just about the tactical side of it, it’s everywhere.

“We have a plan with him where he is the most important part of the plan. Not me or the sports science or the medical or the nutrition, it’s him, the crucial part of the plan. So we need him to be good in that plan.

“We put into practice a plan with everything. He’s having individual training, he’s having training with the group, training with coaches, training with sports science people.

“He’s having the nutritionist teaching him things he doesn’t know. We are taking care of him in every detail, but again it is him the key guy.”

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Ndombele’s talent has never been in doubt but there are some question marks over his attitude. Mourinho’s comments seem to indicate that he isn’t really driven to get himself fit and in the best condition possible. He does look like a rather laid back individual and so perhaps an arm around the shoulder could help him more than being criticized publicly by his manager.

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