Mourinho held video call with former Spurs player in joke about return to the club

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Tottenham are now desperately short of attacking options with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son both out with long-term injuries.

Jose Mourinho has been extremely vocal about the difficulties the team are facing without their two best players at the moment and he has had no choice but to use the likes of Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura as makeshift forwards (Football.London).

However, that didn’t work either in the Champions League clash against RB Leipzig on Wednesday or in the London derby against Chelsea yesterday with the Lilywhites looking toothless going forward in both matches.

Mourinho joked in the pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Leipzig that perhaps it was time to call former Spurs striker Peter Crouch (Football.London).

Crouch took to social media to poke fun at Jose’s suggestion by claiming that he is ready.

However, it turns out that the Spurs boss did indeed call the 39-year-old this week asking for his help.

In his column for the Daily Mail, the former England striker wrote: “I’d spent the early part of the day at home, watching the rolling news bulletins and had a laugh at Jose Mourinho’s press conference,” 

“He had been asked, before Tottenham’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, whether his side could do what Barcelona had done and sign a striker outside the transfer window, given their emergency predicament.

“Me being me, I tweeted, ‘I’m ready, Jose’, with the hashtag #thereturn complete with a robot emoji. That was the last I thought of it, until my phone rang.

“Ordinarily, I would not have answered. The fact it was a FaceTime call, though, made things a bit different. My initial thought was that it was my wife Abbey, who had gone to the Brits.

“I assumed it was her showing me what she was going to wear for the ceremony. But when I answered, it wasn’t Abbey staring back from the other end, it was Mourinho, sitting in his office with a glint in his eye.

“’Are you ready, then?’ Jose was laughing now — almost as much as I was. ‘Peter! Come on! We need you! We need you!’ Tottenham’s press office had my number and had given it to the manager.

“As much as I would love to answer his call, however, I concluded — given the refuelling I’ve done since entering retirement — that it might take me a little longer than normal to recapture full fitness.

“It’s with regret to say, then, that I won’t be scoring any Premier League goals in the near future, though it was a pleasure to speak to Mourinho.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Jose clearly meant this as a joke rather than a serious approach. While we have been unlucky with our two best players being out with longterm injuries at the same time, we really shouldn’t have left ourselves in this situation where we are so short of numbers upfront. Our failure to sign a striker in January could come back to seriously haunt us this season as we just don’t look like scoring at the moment.

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