Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has given an insight into the lengths which the club are going to in order to support Tanguy Ndombele.
The 22-year-old moved to North London in the summer for a club record fee of £55million plus add-ons from Lyon (Independent).
After scoring on his debut against Aston Villa, there was hope among some Spurs fans that the French international would be able to hit the ground running in the Premier League; however, he has instead experienced a tough first campaign in England.
Ndombele came in for criticism from head coach Jose Mourinho following his performance against Burnley last Saturday (Sky Sports).
Liverpool player Jamie Carragher also highlighted on Sky Sports’ Monday Night football that midfielder failed to make one sprint during his 45-minute appearance and blasted Ndombele for his lack of work rate.
Robinson has revealed that Spurs have thrown resources behind Ndombele including his own chef, dietician and fitness coach and has failed to repay the club with his dismal effort in the 1-1 draw.
He told Football Insider: “You can understand why the manager has criticised him. Mourinho’s comments were pure frustration.
“He has been given a dietician, a chef, a personal trainer – every opportunity to make the best out of himself. Putting in a performance like that, he has chosen not to.
“You never know what you are going to get and some days he does not look like he fancies it and that has been far too often.
“The manager is putting his arm around him or using the big stick but nothing is working. Mourinho is frustrated because he knows the boy has talent.
“The minimum requirement is maximum effort no matter how much talent you have got. The stats do not lie and they are unacceptable.”
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