Jose Mourinho says he has confidence in the ability of Tanguy Ndombele to turn his fortunes around at Tottenham Hotspur. The midfielder is a club-record signing but has been struggling since he arrived from Olympique Lyon last summer. After failing to make an appearance since the return of the Premier League in June, Ndombele has reportedly told Mourinho he wants to leave.
But now Mourinho has backed the midfielder: “In Tottenham, what I feel is every time a top player is on the bench, that’s a drama, and players have to understand that is not a drama, you have to understand it’s not a drama and everyone has to understand I hope next season we have even more top players on the bench because it means we want to be bigger than we are now.”
“When a top player is on the bench, that doesn’t mean there is a story behind it, it means we have lots of options. So the other day when I played [Moussa] Sissoko and [Giovani] Lo Celso in midfield, there is no drama that [Harry] Winks is not playing or Ndombele is not playing. There is no drama [Erik] Lamela isn’t playing, that’s life in a big club.”
“So, no problem with Tanguy, he is in a big club, period. He’s in a big club and he has to compete with the other guys. He’s an option for me, he’s a very good player, he probably will be playing tomorrow, the next match, there is no problems.”
Asked if Ndombele can turn his fortunes around, Mourinho added: “Of course I believe – I started my answer, if there is no talent, there is nothing to do, with talent there is a lot to do. You don’t have talent, you have no chance. You don’t have talent, you have no chance.”